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Check your tickets: Powerball jackpot sold in Mass., two $1 million tickets sold in New Jersey

Posted at 7:44 AM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 08:19:45-04

MASSACHUSETTS — Massachusetts State Lottery officials have corrected the site where the single winning ticket for the Powerball $758.7 million jackpot was sold to Chicopee, not Watertown.

The Massachusetts State Lottery had announced around 2:30 a.m. Thursday that a convenience store in Watertown, near Boston, had sold the winning ticket.

But shortly before 8 a.m., the lottery said it had made a mistake, and that the winning ticket was sold across the state at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, in Western Massachusetts.

The winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23, 26, and the Powerball was 4.

In New Jersey, two $1,000,000 tickets were sold.

Those tickets were sold in Cumberland County at L and K Petroleum, 3890 Route 47, Dorchester, and in Passaic County at W & R Mini Market and Deli, 94 Nagle St., Paterson.

It wasn’t immediately clear who bought the night’s biggest winner, or if it was a group of people. Whoever it is won’t get their hands on the full jackpot — lottery winnings are taxed like income.

The IRS taxes the top income bracket 39.6 percent. And the government will withhold 25 percent of that before the money ever gets to the winner. The rest has to be paid at tax time.

The top prize of $758.7 million is available only if the winner chooses to take the loot in 30 annual payments. But nearly everyone chooses to take a lump sum payment. Lottery officials haven’t disclosed it yet but it will be about $470 million.

In addition the the million-dollar winners, 26 tickets matched four white balls and the Powerball drawn winning the $50,000 prize. Two of those tickets were purchased with Power Play multiplying the prize to $200,000.

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Two other Powerball jackpots have passed the $400 million mark so far in 2017. A $448 million prize was claimed in June, and a $435 million jackpot was won in February.

The only prize that’s ever topped the $1 billion mark was claimed in January 2016 — a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot that grew over several months and was split three ways. The winning tickets were sold in Tennessee, California and Florida.

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The odds have always been long for landing a Powerball jackpot. But it became even more difficult recently — thanks to a rule change in October 2015 that tweaked the odds.

Chances of picking all six winning numbers currently stand at about one in 292 million.

That means you are actually more likely to be killed by an asteroid (1 in 700,000), be struck by lightning while drowning (1 in 183 million) or give birth to quadruplets (1 in 729,000).

The Associated Press and PIX11’s Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.