The first Powerball drawing of the new year resulted in one fortunate ticket holder from Michigan becoming significantly wealthy. The unidentified individual won the grand prize from the lottery game on January 1, totaling a staggering $842.4 million jackpot, with a cash value of $425.2 million. This jackpot marked the fifth-largest prize in the history of Powerball, although it fell short of the record-breaking $2.04 billion jackpot won previously.

As of today, more than two weeks after the jackpot was claimed, the grand prize from Powerball continues to grow. The recent drawing on Wednesday did not produce any winners, leading the jackpot to increase to an estimated $120 million for the upcoming drawing scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2024. The estimated jackpot also offers a cash option of approximately $59.4 million.

In addition, the jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery, another popular game in the United States, is also on the rise. After no players selected the winning numbers from the recent drawing on Tuesday, the estimated grand prize has soared to $236 million, with a cash option of $113.6 million. The next drawing for Mega Millions is set for Friday, January 19, 2024.

During Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, the winning numbers were announced as 18, 22, 43, 61, and 65 for the white balls, with the red Powerball number 2. Although no one correctly guessed all the winning numbers, one lucky player did secure a $2 million Power Play prize by matching all white balls. Additionally, five lottery players each took home a $50,000 prize for correctly matching four white balls along with the red Powerball.

Meanwhile, a total of 160 lottery players each received $160 for correctly guessing four white balls, while 47 players secured a $400 Power Play prize each. The largest number of winners received the lowest-tier prize of $4, with 168,133 people correctly guessing the red Powerball and 67,703 correctly guessing one white ball along with the red Powerball, each securing a $4 prize. Additionally, nearly 87,000 players received a $16 Power Play prize each from the latest drawing.

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