Powerball Winning Numbers For 12/18/2019 Drawing: $160M Jackpot
Here are the winning Powerball numbers for the lottery jackpot drawing on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.
By Deb Belt , Patch Staff
Dec 18, 2019 7:27 p m ET | Updated Dec 18, 2019 11:02 p m ET
The Powerball jackpot has reached $160 million for the player who’s purchased the winning ticket on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The one-time cash payout for tonight’s Powerball drawing is $108.7 million.
The winning Powerball numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time, with Powerball results usually posted within five minutes.
In most states, ticket sales end at least one hour before the drawing, but a state may halt sales earlier, such as Illinois, which stops sales three hours before the drawing. In Maryland and New Jersey, ticket sales end at 9:59 p.m.; in Virginia, they close at 10 p.m. Check with your state lottery for the cut-off time.
The winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Dec. 18, are: 14, 18, 26, 39, 68 and the Powerball of 09.
The largest Powerball jackpot in history was $1.586 billion, which was split by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.
A player in South Carolina claimed the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Oct. 23, 2018, game officials said; the winner chose not to be identified.
To win the Powerball jackpot a player must match all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball number. The odds of picking the correct Powerball grand prize numbers are one in 292,201,338, which doesn’t change even if more players buy tickets when the jackpot is enormous.
You have a better chance of winning the Powerball jackpot if you let the computer select your numbers, according to the officials with the lottery. About 75 percent of winning tickets over the years had numbers picked by a computer.
Powerball tickets cost $2 each. Find locations where you can buy your Powerball tickets here.
These are the five largest Powerball jackpots in the game’s history:
- $1.586 billion, Jan. 13, 2016
- $768.4 million, March 27, 2019
- $758.7 million, Aug. 23, 2017
- $688 million, Oct. 27, 2018
- $590.5 million, May 18, 2013
Winners can choose to either have the full jackpot amount paid out in 30 installments over 29 years, or winners can take one lump sum payment that is smaller than the actual total.
Powerball Winning Numbers For 12/18/2019 Drawing: $160M Jackpot – Annapolis, MD – Here are the winning Powerball numbers for the lottery jackpot drawing on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.
Powerball Numbers For 12/18/19: Jackpot was $160 Million
The Powerball jackpot for 12/18/19 was for $160 million. Here are the winning numbers.
- First Five: 14-18-26-39-68
- Powerball: 09
- Power Play: 2x
Wednesday night’s 12/18/19 jackpot was estimated at $160 million, with a cash option of $108.7 million. The jackpot could have increased if sales furthered lottery projections, according to officials.
Winning numbers from last Saturday’s 12/14/19 jackpot of $150 million were: 03-06-12-32-64
There was no grand prize winner on Saturday, But there was a ticket sold in Maryland that matched all five white balls for the second prize of $1 million. Had the Power Play been purchased for an extra $1, that second-prize ticket would have been worth $2 million.
The last grand prize winning ticket was sold in California on 11/02/19 for a jackpot of $150 million.
The odds of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the jackpot size—according to Powerball’s website.
Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Wednesday and Saturday, and one of America’s two biggest lottery jackpot games. Powerball jackpots start at $40 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million or more with a Megaplier. Tickets are $2. You can check the numbers for tonight, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.
The other multi-state lottery is Mega Millions, which is played on Tuesdays and Fridays. Like Powerball, the jackpot is reset at $40 million after a jackpot is won, and one line of numbers is $2, with a $1 option to multiply their winnings with a Megaplier. Here is the Mega Millions website for more information, or to check any potential past numbers.
There are nine ways to win money during the Powerball. Just getting the powerball with no other numbers pays out $4, and even more if the power play is bought for an extra dollar. The same payout goes for one ball plus the powerball, and $7 is the payout for two correct numbers with the powerball, or three correct numbers and no powerball.
If all five white, numbered balls are chosen but the red powerball is not correct, then the payout is $1 million, with an even higher payout if the power play is chosen.
Here are the all-time top Powerball jackpot prizes
1. $1.586 billion (01/13/2016)
Winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee
2. $768.4 million (03/27/2019)
Single ticket sold in Wisconsin
3. $758.7 million (08/23/2017)
Single ticket sold in Massachusetts
4. $687.8 million (10/27/2018)
Two winning tickets were drawn, one sold in Iowa and one sold in New York.
5. $590.5 million (05/18/2013)
Single ticket sold in Florida
6. $587.5 million (11/28/2012)
Two winning tickets were drawn, one sold in Missouri and one sold in Arizona.
7. $564.1 million (02/11/2015)
Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico
The Powerball jackpot for 12/18/19 was $160 million, with an estimated cash option of $108.7 million. Powerball results.