Jan 01, 2014 11:08 PM EST | Brick Dozer
The ball may have dropped, but the Powerball jackpot keeps getting higher and higher. Start the New Year off right with $50 million big ones. Check the results below to see if you are the first Powerball winner of 2014.
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The winning Powerball jackpot numbers for January 1, 2014 are:
There was one lucky winner that claimed a portion of the prize Christmas night. The official Powerball website is reporting what little is known about last Wednesday night's big winner:
“There was one winner sold by the Missouri Lottery for the last drawing's $71,500,000 grand prize.”
The Powerball drawing has also seen an increase in smaller prize wins, with the website telling the tale of one of the many winners:
“Jerry Wells of Lincoln recently won $1 million playing Nebraska Powerball. Wells purchased his winning Powerball ticket at Roc's Stop & Shop, 2100 South 56th Street in Lincoln. The two-play ticket contained one play with all five winning white ball numbers (4, 18, 23, 32, 45) for a corresponding prize of $1 million.
" While claiming his prize on November 26, Wells told Nebraska Lottery officials that he selects his Powerball numbers using a combination of birthdays, ages, and the jersey numbers of favorite athletes. He learned he had won after checking the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com.
"The site also urges gamers to play responsibly:"Lottery games are just that--games. Lottery games are designed to be enjoyable entertainment for adults, and for the vast majority of lottery players, that's exactly what they are. Multi-State Lottery members sell lottery tickets for the benefits of their citizens, raising millions of dollars for worthy causes and projects.
"The Multi-State Lottery Association encourages all lottery players to be responsible in their amount of play. Never spend more than you can afford on any lottery product. Please remember, it's just a game."
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