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Winning $338M Powerball jackpot ticket sold in N.J.

3:12 PM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
A Powerball lottery ticket is printed for a customer at a 7-Eleven store on Nov. 28 in Chicago. (Photo: Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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A jackpot dream has come true for the lucky owner of a Powerball ticket worth $338.3 million, Powerball officials announced.

A single winning ticket sold in New Jersey holds the winning numbers from Saturday night's drawing: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. It's the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.

Lottery officials in New Jersey declined to reveal any details about the winning ticket, including where it was purchased, until Monday. A lump sum payout would be $221 million.

A ticket sold in Iowa matched five numbers, good for $2 million. Spreading the wealth even further, 13 tickets worth a cool $1 million were sold in 11 states. Florida and Pennsylvania each had two; Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia had one each.

The largest U.S. jackpot of any kind was a $656 million Mega Millions pot, won March 30, 2012, and split by winners in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas.

No one had won the Powerball jackpot in more than a month, when Dave Honeywell in Virginia bought the winning ticket worth $217 million. The largest Powerball jackpot ever came in at $587.5 million in November. The winnings were split between two winners -- a couple in Missouri and an Arizona man.

The largest Powerball jackpot won by a single ticket was $365 million claimed in Nebraska in February 2006. But even that one was split -- eight workers at a Lincoln, Neb., meatpacking plant had pooled their funds.

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

John Bacon, USA TODAY

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