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Powerball Numbers For 12/08/2018: $217 Million Jackpot

Here are the winning Powerball numbers for the $217 million Dec. 8, 2018, drawing.

By Deb Belt , Patch Staff
Dec 8, 2018 9:00 p m ET | Updated Dec 8, 2018 11:02 p m ET

Lots of Christmas wishes could be fulfilled by the winner of Saturday night’s $217 million Powerball jackpot. The one-time cash payout for the Dec. 8 Powerball drawing will be an estimated $125.5 million to the player who chooses all of the lottery numbers.

What time are the winning Powerball numbers drawn? Numbers are selected every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time, with Powerball results typically posted within five minutes.

In most states, ticket sales stop at least an hour before the drawing, but a state may cut off sales earlier, such as Illinois, which ends 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 sales cut-off time.

The winning Powerball numbers for Saturday, Dec. 8, are: 14, 32, 34, 46, 61 and the Powerball of 10.

The largest Powerball jackpot in history was $1.586 billion, which was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016. Someone in South Carolina claimed the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Oct. 23.

The Powerball game is played by matching 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. Powerball tickets cost $2 each, and are sold at thousands of Lottery retailers. Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here.

You have a better chance of hitting the jackpot if you let the computer pick your numbers, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game and reports that about 75 percent of winning tickets have numbers chosen by a computer.

The largest Powerball jackpots ever are as follows:

  • $1.586 billion, Jan. 13, 2016
  • $758.7 million, Aug. 23, 2017
  • $688 million, Oct. 27, 2018
  • $590.5 million, May 18, 2013
  • $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012
  • $564.1 million, Feb. 11, 2015
  • $559.7 million, Jan. 6, 2018
  • $487.0 million, July 30, 2016
  • $456 million, March 17, 2018
  • $448.4 million, Aug. 7, 2013
  • $447.8 million, June 10, 2017
  • $435.3 million, Feb. 22, 2017

When millions more players take part in the game at times there’s a huge jackpot, that doesn’t change your odds of winning, the lottery says. The odds of winning a prize are the same in every Powerball drawing — you have a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning a prize when the jackpot reaches $40 million or $1 billion.

The lottery game is played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball drawings can be seen on 125 TV stations nationwide. They may also be available on cable or your mobile device. Drawing shows are also posted to Powerball.com under the video section and to YouTube.

Claiming, Safeguarding Winnings

So, what should you do if you are lucky enough to claim the Powerball jackpot? Many lottery winners hire an attorney, financial planner or both, since most people don’t exactly know what to do when they suddenly come into so much money. Some even bring their lawyer with them to claim their prize. The lottery does not offer counseling services or financial advice for winners.

You have two choices when you claim your prize: the full value paid in 30 installments over 29 years, or a one-time lump sum that is smaller than the actual total. Then there are the taxes. The federal tax on lottery winnings is 25 percent. Then, any extra income taxes like state or city would apply.

Financial experts suggest that if you can get more than a 3 or 4 percent return on an investment, the lump sum is actually the best way to go in the long-term.

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Powerball Numbers For 12/08/2018: $217 Million Jackpot – Annapolis, MD – Here are the winning Powerball numbers for the $217 million Dec. 8, 2018, drawing.

Powerball Jackpot Numbers, Results for 12/8/18: Did Anyone Win the Powerball Jackpot Saturday (Last Night)?

The latest Powerball drawing on Saturday night was worth $217 million with a 125.5 million cash option. Was anyone lucky enough to win the prize?

The winning numbers were announced on Saturday night at 11 p.m. EST. The numbers were 14-32-34-46-61; Powerball:10, and PowerPlay 2X, according to the Powerball website. No one was able to win the $217 million jackpot, which means the next drawing set for Wednesday will be worth an estimated $230 million with a cash option of $135.9 million, according to the website.

Powerball is one of the biggest lottery games in the country. The game is played in 44 states across the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the Powerball website. Drawings for the game are held on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 p.m. EST. Tickets only cost $20 to play and the deadline to purchase tickets is until 10:45 p.m. EST before the next drawing.

The last person to claim a $1 million prize from the Powerball jackpot was a man from Ohio who was visiting Michigan. Adam Bradley from Westerville, Ohio, told lottery officials that he had bought tickets at a Speedway in Saginaw, Michigan, while he was visiting his grandmother and mother in April.

“My mom, grandma, and I were going to dinner, and I told them I wanted to stop and buy tickets since I was in town,” said Bradley. “My mom gave me $4 and I bought two separate tickets. When I got back to the car, I gave her one and kept one. My grandma was skeptical. She said: ‘I don’t know why you play, no one ever wins!'”

Bradley had matched the five white balls drawn with the numbers 20-22-28-45-50 during the April 28 drawing and won $1 million. He told lottery officials that a family member had read the winning numbers to him.

“As I was listening to the numbers, I couldn’t believe my ears,” said Bradley. “I couldn’t stop shaking when I realized I’d won $1 million!”

Bradley claimed his winnings on Thursday after taking some time to plan out what he was going to do with the money. The Ohio native told lottery officials that he will take a family vacation, buy a new home, and save the rest.

In November, a retired postal worker claimed the largest Powerball jackpot in New York Lottery history after winning $343.9 million. Robert Bailey played the numbers 8-12-13-19-27-4 on October 27 and collected his check at the Resort World Casino in Queens, New York on November 14, The New York Times previously reported. He will split his winnings with Lerynne West, 51, of Redfield, Iowa, who also won the jackpot.

Saturday night’s Powerball drawing was worth $217 million.