Winning numbers announced for $750 million Powerball jackpot

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months without a winner, lottery officials drew the winning numbers Wednesday for a Powerball jackpot that has ballooned to $750 million.

Powerball said the winning numbers are 16, 20, 37, 44, 62 and the Powerball number is 12.

Lottery officials said it may take a few hours to determine if there is a winner.

The $750 million is the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Although the prize has grown steadily since the last jackpot winner on Dec. 26, the odds of matching the five white balls and single Powerball remain one in 292.2 million.

The $750 million estimated figure refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Nearly all grand prize winners opt for the cash prize, which for Wednesday’s drawing would be an estimated $465.5 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., the U.S Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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