Winning $1M Powerball ticket bought in Virginia; Saturday’s jackpot at $475M

May 16, 2013

As Powerball fever ramps up in anticipation of this weekend’s $475 million jackpot drawing, someone in Virginia may already be $1 million richer.

According to Virginia Lottery officials, a winning ticket in Wednesday night’s drawing was purchased at Wilco Food Mart in Christiansburg, Va. No one has has come forward to claim the $1 million prize.

Officials said that Virginia had two other winners in Wednesday’s drawing. These tickets, worth $10,000 each, were purchased in Alexandria and Manassas.

In the likely event that you’re not one of these three lucky people, don’t despair — you still have a chance of winning big in this Saturday’s Powerball drawing.

Should someone match all six numbers drawn,the ticket-holder would win an estimated $475 million jackpot— paid out in 30 annual payments. The winner could also choose the one-time cash option of approximately $302.4 million before taxes.

“As with any Powerball jackpot, players should remember that the odds of winning are 1 in 175 million, and those odds remain the same regardless of how many tickets are purchased,” said Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery.

More than 4.7 million Powerball tickets are expected to be sold Saturday in Virginia, officials said.

Since the beginning of the year, Virginians have won five $1 million Powerball prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million Powerball jackpot.

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