Winning $338M Powerball Jackpot Ticket Sold in Passaic, N.J.

A patron of Eagle Liquor on Passaic Street is due to collect millions

UPDATE: Winning $338M NJ Powerball Winner Says He'll Help Family

A single Powerball ticket sold in Passaic, N.J. matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing for the $338.3 million jackpot, lottery officials said Monday. 

Officials said the winning ticket — the fourth largest in Powerball history — was sold at Eagle Liquors on Passaic Street. The winner of the jackpot has not come forward yet, lottery officials said.  But the owner of Eagle Liquor was overjoyed to hear that he was due $10,000 for selling the lucky ticket.

"Not bad," said Sammy Sethi, who has owned the store for eight years. "We are very happy."

Thirteen other tickets worth $1 million each matched all but the final Powerball number on Saturday night. Those tickets were sold in New Jersey, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. Two were sold in both Florida and Pennsylvania,\.

The numbers drawn were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump sum payout would be worth $221 million.

Powerball said on its website that the grand prize jackpot has now been reset to an estimated $40 million or a lump sum cash amount estimated at $25 million for Wednesday's next drawing.

No one had won the Powerball jackpot since early February, when Dave Honeywell in Virginia bought the winning ticket and elected a cash lump sum for his $217 million jackpot.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever came in at $587.5 million in November. The winning numbers were picked on two different tickets — one by a couple in Missouri and the other by an Arizona man — and the jackpot was split.

Nebraska still holds the record for the largest Powerball jackpot won on a single ticket — $365 million. That jackpot was won by eight workers at a Lincoln, Neb., meatpacking plant in February 2006.

Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million.


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