All eyes are on Oregon Thursday, where someone bought the winning Powerball ticket worth $340 million. Powerball continues to give Colorado players the cold shoulder. No one from this state has ever won its jackpot. Wednesday's was the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second-biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
The winning numbers drawn were 7, 21, 43, 44, 49 and 29. the one time cash payout would be $164 million. The winner could also opt for an annual payment of $6 million dollars.
Powerball officials said the winning ticket was sold somewhere in Oregon, but had no other information.
Forty-seven tickets sold matched the first five numbers drawn, but failed to match the Powerball. They win $200,000 each, plus a bonus of $653,492. the odds of hitting all six numbers were 1 in 146 million.
The drawing capped a day of heavy sales in all 27 states where Powerball is played, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The jackpot had been snowballing since mid-August, with 20 straight drawings in which no one won the grand prize.
The biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was $363 million, won by two ticket holders in Illinois and Michigan in 2000.