Powerball Results, Numbers for 9/9/20: Did Anyone Win the $75 Million?

Last night's Powerball drawing saw the jackpot stand at roughly $75 million, with a cash option of $59.9 million. But did anyone manage to take home the grand prize?

The winning numbers for the Powerball drawing in Tallahassee, Florida on Wednesday, September 9 were 27, 52, 55, 60 and 64 with the Powerball 21 and the Power Play 3x.

Alas, nobody managed to win the jackpot by successfully matching all five white numbers and the red Powerball. In fact, there was not a single ticket purchased that managed to match all five white balls, which would have guaranteed a minimum payout of $1 million.

The biggest payout last night was $150,000, after one ticket purchased matched four of the five white balls along with the red Powerball. While the prize for matching those balls is usually $50,000, the winning ticket was bought along with the 3x Power Play for an extra $1, meaning their winnings were tripled to the six figure sum.

A further five tickets purchased also managed to match four of the five numbers and the Powerball, but without the Power Play also bought in addition, meaning that each of those winners will receive a $50,000 payout. In total, last night's drawing saw 411,536 players win at least $4.

With nobody winning the jackpot, it means that it will roll over to the next drawing on Saturday, September 13. The grand prize now stands at $85 million with a cash value of $67.9 million, but it could increase if sales further lottery projections, according to officials.

Before Wednesday's draw, the previous Powerball on Saturday, September 5 had the winning numbers of 15, 21, 22, 27 and 47, with the Powerball 7 and the Power Play 2x. There were no jackpot winners for that drawing, but two tickets purchased in Arkansas and Massachusetts respectively matched all five white balls minus the red Powerball to secure a seven-figure payout. As they also purchased the 2x Power Play, their prize was doubled to $2 million.

The jackpot was last won on August 12, when one lucky person in Florida matched all white balls and the Powerball to scoop a titanic $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?

Powerball, along with Mega Millions, is one of the most popular multi-state lotteries in the country. The game 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.

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.

A customer buys Powerball tickets 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 span 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.