Winning $768.4M Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Wisconsin

The odds of hitting all six numbers correctly are 1 in 292,201,338.
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One lucky Minnesotan is a millionaire after Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, matching all five white balls with the added "Power Play" option.

But our neighbors to the east, it pains us to say, outshone us this round.

A ticket sold in Wisconsin matched all six Powerball numbers - netting whoever purchased it the jackpot of $768.4 million. That's the third-highest jackpot total of all time, Powerball says, and it's the largest payout in Wisconsin State Lottery history.

"It truly is incredible to think that the winning ticket for this historic jackpot was sold in our own backyard. I am extremely excited for the winners and for our state," Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin said in a news release.

The odds of a Powerball jackpot? 1 in 292,201,338.

The winner (or winners, if some office pool just scored big) will get to choose between getting the $768.4 million as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or one lump sum payment of $477 million. And of course, they'll need to pay taxes on it.

It's the second time in as many years someone from the Badger State has won the Powerball Jackpot, and it's the 17th time since 1988 a Wisconsin ticket has won the jackpot.

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For now, Minnesota will have to settle for runner-up.

As mentioned above, ticket buyer here matched the five white balls, and paid an extra $1 to get the Power Play bonus, winning a total of $2 million. That slip was sold in Stillwater, at the Holiday on 2500 Orleans St.

So not $768.4 million.

But hey, at least that person now has the money to leave Wisconsin!

(We kid, we kid.)

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