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    Winning Numbers Drawn for $500M Powerball
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    A sign shows the Powerball amount has climbed to 500 million dollars at the BP gas station, January 6, 2015, in Dunkirk, Maryland.

    The winning Powerball numbers were drawn at 10:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, for a jackpot of about $524.1 million.

    The winning white balls were 02-11-47-62-63, with a Powerball of 17 and a Power Play of 3.

    If a winner is declared, the prize money will have a pre-tax cash option of $306 million in one take, or $500 million paid out over 29 years, after taxes.

    The odds to win the sixth-biggest lottery jackpot in the U.S. stand at one in 292.2 million, but that didn't stop many from feeling like they'd win it all. 

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    Although you're 300 times more likely to be struck by lightning than win tonight's Powerball lottery, that did not stop millions from lining up Wednesday to buy a chance at the $500 million jackpot.
    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016)

    "I'm just so excited because this is my first time and I feel that I will hit," said Michael Hammond in Dallas. "I really do."

    Six states allow winners to remain anonymous: Maryland, Delaware, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.