Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


US lottery winner bags $590.5m

19 May 2013, 13:57

Washington - One ticket-holder won a record Powerball lottery jackpot of more than $590m, organisers said on Sunday, ending a days-long American quest for a life-changing payout.

The winning numbers - 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and a Powerball of 11-- were drawn just before 23:00 and the winning ticket was sold in Florida, according to the competition's website.

US media quoted lottery officials as putting the winning purse at $590.5 million. Powerball did not name the winner but said further details would be released later on Sunday.

Americans by the droves plunked down their cash on Saturday in a last-minute push for a chance at scooping the top prize, snapping up the $2 tickets at supermarkets, corner stores and gas stations.

The jackpot had been trailed as "the largest in the 21-year history of the game," the Iowa state lottery agency said in a statement before the draw.


The prediction proved accurate, narrowly surpassing a November 2012 Powerball jackpot of $587.5 million.

"Strong sales across the country are the reason the prize is taking big jumps now," the organisers said - particularly after the 15 May draw, when the jackpot stood at $363.9 million and there was no winner.

Sales were also boosted after Powerball tickets became available in California starting in April, the 43rd US state to join the competition.

Powerball - a shared jackpot co-ordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), formed by the participating state lotteries - cannot be played from outside the United States or outside participating states.

The game presents a choice of five numbers from a pool of 59, plus a Powerball number from a separate pool of 35.

Like all US lotteries, the winnings are subject to tax.

The richest US lottery jackpot of all time is $656 million, won in a Mega Millions draw in March 2012 and split between three tickets in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Back then, when entering cost $1, big lines of customers formed for three days, said Rajendra Prasad Bhusal, an employee at the Continental Wine and Liquor store in downtown Washington.

In recent days, hopefuls have again streamed in to buy Powerball tickets, but the crowd is only a third of the numbers seen in March last year, according to the liquor salesman.

"Now, people complain that the tickets cost too much," he added.

The Powerball website had put the odds of winning at one in 175 223 510. For a comparison, the chance of getting struck by lighting in the United States is one in 280 000, according to the National Lightning Safety Institute.

The main Powerball website advised that "swinging a live chicken above your head while wishing for the future numbers does NOT work" to improve the chances of winning.

Buying more tickets helps, "but the odds are still high and hitting the jackpot is still a question of fate," it added.


Tags us

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...