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Winning Powerball Numbers For Wednesday, May 17, 2017: $204 Million Jackpot

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, May 17, 2017, is estimated at $204 million. Do you have the winning ticket?

By Deb Belt , Patch Staff
May 16, 2017 10:52 p m ET | Updated May 17, 2017 11:10 p m ET

Since a $60 million win two months ago, the Powerball jackpot has been rebuilding and stands at $204 million for Wednesday night’s drawing. There have been much larger jackpots, but you wouldn’t refuse it, right? The cash payout on Wednesday, May 17, will be an estimated $124.9 million.

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time. The record in the game was a $1.6 billion drawing in January 2016, which was won by a group of Tennessee workers. And nearly three months ago, on Feb. 22, a lucky player in Indiana won the $435 Powerball jackpot, the 10th largest in the game’s history.

The winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, May 17, are: 04, 11, 39, 45, 48, and the Powerball of 09.

Each ticket costs $2. Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here. 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.

Tonight’s jackpot is tiny when compared with the January 2016 record Powerball jackpot, which was worth nearly $1.6 billion. But Americans will still drop by the nearest convenience store with dreams of cash and buy a ticket. The billion-dollar-plus prize won in the Jan. 13, 2016, drawing was the largest lotto jackpot awarded in U.S. history and was split by three winners. In the summer of 2016, a New Hampshire player won a $478 million prize.

If you still want to take a chance — someone has to win, right? — you have a better chance of hitting the jackpot if you let the computer pick your numbers. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game, says about 75 percent of winning tickets are selected when the numbers are chosen by a computer.

The lottery game is played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball draws can be seen on hundreds of TV stations nationwide. It may also be available on cable or your mobile device. The draws are also posted on YouTube and on our site. Where to watch the Powerball drawing on TV.

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Winning Powerball Numbers 5-17-2017: Check Your Tickets

Powerball Jackpot reached $204 Million for Wednesday, May 17, 2017. It’s time to believe in something bigger, Powerball says.

By Ashley Ludwig , Patch Staff
May 18, 2017 10:02 a m PT

Did you buy a ticket for Wednesday evening’s Powerball drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery?

One ticket with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, was sold in Oregon and is worth $1 million, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game, announced.

The numbers drawn Wednesday were 4, 11, 39, 45, 48 and the Powerball number was 9. The estimated jackpot was $204 million.

The drawing was the 13th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.

Did you win anything? Before you get upset, don’t worry, because the jackpot remained untouched, which means the kitty rises $228 million.

View the last Powerball Drawing, from Saturday, May 17, 2017:

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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.

The Powerball game is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Each ticket costs $2. Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here.

If you still want to take a chance — someone has to win, right? — you have a better chance of hitting the jackpot if you let the computer pick your numbers. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game, says about 75 percent of winning tickets are selected when the numbers are chosen by a computer.

Powerball draws can be seen on hundreds of TV stations nationwide. It may also be available on cable or your mobile device. The draws are also posted on YouTube and on our site. Where to watch the Powerball drawing on TV.

Claiming, Safeguarding Powerball Winnings
So, what should you do if you win the big prize? 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 any counseling services or advice for winners.

In California, POWERBALL prize amounts are pari-mutuel, will vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners and will differ from the fixed prizes shown on the POWERBALL website.

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 say 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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