Powerball winner on Valentine’s Day? $285 million jackpot would be a sweet gift (2024)

Jennifer SangalangFlorida Today

Will we have a repeat holiday win? Instead, we have a jackpot milestone.

Powerball made someone a multimillionaire in Michigan after a New Year’s Day win. Wednesday, Feb. 14, drawing aka Valentine’s Day, won't be as lucky.

After no one matched all five numbers plus the Powerball in the Monday, Feb. 12, drawing for $270 million, the grand prize climbed closer to $300 million for the most romantic holiday of the year. Wednesday numbers were 1-4-45-47-67 and the Powerball was 18. Power Play was 2x. Those numbers make a Valentine’s Day rollover, and a prize the now tops $300 million.

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday now shoots to $306 million, with a cash option of $147.8 million.

There were two big winners from the Valentine's Day drawing, however. Tickets purchased in California and Washington each matched 5 for $1 million prizes.

In case you’re wondering, Monday numbers were 17-36-43-53-67 and the Powerball was 14. Power Play was 2x.

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Though the jackpot has rolled over since Jan. 1, there have been some recent secondary winners from Florida.

In the Saturday, Jan. 20, drawing, there was one big winner from here. The winning ticket was a Quick Pick purchased from Publix, 2414 W. 60th St., Hialeah. That ticket matched 5 numbers for a $1 million prize.

And while someone in Michigan became a multimillionaire overnight on New Year's Day, winning a very big payout of $842.4 million, there were two secondary winners in Florida. One matched five numbers plus the Power Play to win $2 million, and the other matched five numbers to win $1 million. The $2 million winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Publix, 10928 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, and the $1 million Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Publix, 1537 NW St. Lucie West Blvd., Port St. Lucie, according to the Florida Lottery.

Tickets start at $2 apiece. Below is what to know about lottery odds, how long to claim the cash option if you bought a ticket in Florida, and what happens to unclaimed prize money, according to the Florida Lottery.

Good luck!

How much was Powerball lottery jackpot for Wednesday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day?

an estimated $285 million with a cash option of $137.7 million

How much was Powerball lottery jackpot for Monday, Feb. 12?

an estimated $270 million with a cash option of $130.4 million

How much was Powerball lottery jackpot for Saturday, Feb. 10?

an estimated $248 million with a cash option of $119.8 million

How long did Powerball roll over?

The latest series of Powerball lottery drawings started after the Jan. 1, New Year's Day, drawing for $842.4 million ended with a winner. Here's a recap of the drawings and how much the jackpot grew (in so short a time):

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When do Florida Lottery tickets expire?

Prizes for Florida Lottery must be claimed within 180 days (six months) from the date of the drawing. To claim a single-payment cash option, a winner has within the first 60 days after the applicable draw date to claim it. Florida Lottery says its scratch-off tickets and Fast Play game prizes "must be claimed within 60 days of the official end-of-game date. Once the applicable time period has elapsed, the related Florida Lottery ticket will expire."

What happens to the unclaimed prize money?

According to the Florida Lottery, state law requires 80% of unclaimed prize funds from expired tickets be transferred to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. The remaining 20% is returned to the prize pool for future drawings.

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What happens to unclaimed Powerball prize money?

Should a Powerball ticket not be claimed within 180 days of the drawing date, the Florida Lottery site states, "the funds to pay the unclaimed jackpot will be returned to the lottery members in their proportion of sales for the jackpot rollover series." According to Powerball's site, "unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction. If a Grand Prize goes unclaimed, the money must be returned to all lotteries in proportion to their sales for the draw run. The lotteries then distribute the money, based on their own jurisdiction's laws, to other lottery games or to their jurisdiction's general fund, or otherwise as required by law."

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What are the odds of winning Powerball lottery game?

Powerball drawings are held at 11 p.m. EDT Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. According toPowerball.com, players have a 1 in 292.2 million chance to match all six numbers. Prizes range from $2 to the grand prize jackpot, which varies.

Are the odds of winning Powerball the same if the jackpot is $1 billion?

Players have a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning a prize,powerball.comstates. Players have a 1 in 292.2 million chance to match all six numbers whether the jackpot is $20 million or $1 billion.

Can Florida lottery winners remain anonymous?

According toFlorida Lottery's website, winners cannot remain anonymous: "Florida law mandates that the Florida Lottery provide records containing information such as the winner's name, city of residence; game won, date won, and amount won to any third party who requests the information."

However, the site states, since May 25, 2022, the "names of lottery winners claiming prizes of $250,000 or greater will be temporarily exempt from public disclosure for 90 days from the date the prize is claimed, unless otherwise waived by the winner."

Lottery experts and lawyers have said there are ways to remain anonymous if you win.

When did lotto jackpots hit $1 billion or more?

As of Feb. 14, 2024, there have been nine lottery jackpots that have reached or surpassed $1 billion. Only once has a jackpot surpassed $2 billion.

Who won, how long did it take to win Powerball, Mega Millions and those billion-dollar jackpots?

What are the Top 10 biggest Powerball jackpots in history?

Here are the Top 10 Powerball jackpots as of Feb. 14, 2024:

What are the Top 10 largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history?

The following Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots made the Top 10 biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history, as of Feb. 14, 2024.

Sangalang is a lead digital producer for USA TODAY Network-Florida. Follow her onTwitteror Instagram at@byjensangalang. Support local journalism.Consider subscribing to a Florida newspaper.

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