METRO DETROIT, MI — Could a big Holiday Season Powerball payout be on the way? After a sixth straight rollover Saturday night, it’s possible.
There are 13 more drawings before Thanksgiving, which would send the jackpot soaring past $500 million. Only time will tell.
As for now, the jackpot stands at $128 million for Wednesday’s drawing. The cash payout will be $79.7 million.
Watch: Powerball Jackpot Goes Unclaimed, Stands At $128 Million
The winning Powerball numbers were: 10, 49, 61, 63, 65 with a Powerball of 7. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Dearborn Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, follow us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)
The Mega Millions jackpot also went unclaimed after Friday night’s drawing. The winning numbers were 21, 33, 36, 45, 56 and gold ball of 12. Tuesday’s jackpot will be $36 million with a cash payout of $22 million.
A total of 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that participate in Powerball. Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time.
Each Powerball ticket costs $2. Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here. The Powerball game is played by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball number. The odds of picking the correct Powerball grand prize numbers are one in 292,201,338.
Claiming, Safeguarding Winnings
So, what should you do if you win the big prize? Many lottery winners hire an attorney, financial planner or both, since most people don’t exactly know what to do when they suddenly come into so much money. Some even bring their lawyer with them to claim their prize. The lottery does not offer any counseling services or advice for winners.
You have two choices when you claim your prize: the full value paid in 30 installments over 29 years, or a one-time lump sum that is smaller than the actual total.
Then there are the taxes. The federal tax on lottery winnings is 25 percent. Then, any extra income taxes like state or city would apply. Financial experts say that if you can get more than a 3 or 4 percent return on an investment, the lump sum is actually the best way to go in the long-term.
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