Powerball Results, Numbers for 8/19/20: Did Anyone Win the $22 Million?

The jackpot for last night's Powerball drawing was $22, with a cash option of $17.8 million. But did anyone manage to take home the grand prize?

The winning numbers for the Powerball drawing on August 19 were 13, 23, 47, 55 and 58, with the Powerball 23 and the Power Play being 10x.

Alas, nobody managed to secure the jackpot last night by successfully matching all five white numbers and the red Powerball, according to the official Powerball website. In fact, no tickets purchased matched any of the five white balls, meaning the second biggest prize of $1 million was also not won.

Five players did manage to match four of the five white balls and the red Powerball to take home the third largest prize of $10,000. And one lucky player among those five saw his winning increased ten-fold to $500,000 as they also purchased the additional 10x Power Play.

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With the top prize not being won, it means that the jackpot will roll over to the next drawing on August 22. It currently stands at $29 million with a cash value of $23.5 million, but it could increase if sales further lottery projections, according to officials.

Before Wednesday's draw, the previous Powerball on August 15 had the winning numbers of 5, 12, 34, 45 and 56. The Powerball for the draw was 3 with a Power Play of 3x. There were no jackpot winners, but one ticket sold in Michigan matched all five white balls to receive a $1 million prize payout.

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The jackpot was last one a week ago on August 12, when one lucky person in Florida matched all white balls and the Powerball to scoop the colossal $169 million payout. The numbers for that drawing were 2, 6, 18, 36 and 37 with the Powerball 21 and the Power Play 2x.

How do you play Powerball?

One of the most popular lottery games in the United States, Powerball is available to play in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five states that do not sell lottery tickets are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. Drawings usually take place twice a week on a Wednesday and Saturday night, at 10:59 p.m. ED. Each draw is broadcast live from the lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida.
You can play Powerball in Each ticket costs $2 per play, with players selecting five numbers from 1 to 69, in addition to one red Powerball number from 1 to 26. In certain circumstances, players can also multiply non-jackpot prizes by using the Power Play option for an additional $1.

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A Powerball ticket sits on the counter at Kavanagh Liquors on January 13, 2016 in San Lorenzo, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty

Why is the Powerball so low?

Powerball slashed its minimum payout in half from $40 million to $20 million back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic leading to reduced sales, according to lottery officials.

Powerball Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director Gregory Mineo said in a statement at the time" "Powerball players in many U.S. lottery jurisdictions are under shelter-in-place orders or recommendations, which have affected normal consumer behaviors.

"Just like other enterprises around the world that are making adjustments, we are making proactive changes to continue to offer the world's premier lottery product."

Since the coronavirus pandemic, the jackpot has been reset at $20 million after it is won, rather than the previous $40 million.

Powerball's official website claims that players have a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning any prize regardless of the number of participants. But the chances of winning the grand prize jackpot are astronomically higher at 1 in 292,201,338, according to the official website.

Winners can choose to either select their prize as an annuity, or for significantly less, a lump-sum payment. The annuity option sees the winner receive 30 annual payments over the space of 29 years, with each payment increasing by five percent until the 30th and final payment.

If you win a jackpot, call lottery officials at 1-800-222-0996.

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