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Winning Powerball Numbers For Wednesday, March 15, 2017: $123 Million

The jackpot is growing: check here to see if you can quit your day job.

By James Brock , Patch Staff
Mar 16, 2017 8:41 a m CT | Updated Mar 16, 2017 8:43 a m CT

Did you get lucky last night in Powerball? If so, it wasn’t because you won the jackpot, because no one did.

The winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, March 15, are: 30, 16, 41, 48, 53, and the Powerball of 16.

There were a total of 557,088 non-jackpot winners for Wednesday’s draw, for a total of $7,414,830 in prize money.

If you want a chance to win $141 million — estimated cash value of $83.3 — for May 18’s Powerball drawing, get your tickets soon.

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. Just last month, on Feb. 22, a lucky player in Indiana won the $435 Powerball jackpot, the 10th largest in the game’s history.

Each ticket costs $2. Saturday’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.

Claiming, Safeguarding 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.

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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(Patch Editor Deb Belt contributed to this story.)

— Image courtesy flickr/Ross Catrow

Winning Powerball Numbers For Wednesday, March 15, 2017: $123 Million – Houston Heights, TX – The jackpot is growing: check here to see if you can quit your day job.

Winning Powerball and Lottery Numbers for March 5, 2014

Midday New York Numbers — 079; Lucky Sum — 16

Midday New York Win 4 — 9400; Lucky Sum — 13

New York Numbers — 866; Lucky Sum — 20

New York Win 4 — 6333; Lucky Sum — 15

New York Take 5 — 3, 15, 17, 18, 25

New York Lotto — 17, 18, 20, 21, 32, 42; Bonus, 51

New York Pick 10 — 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 19, 24, 26, 30, 34, 37, 44, 56, 62, 65, 66, 73, 77

Midday New Jersey Pick 3 — 575

Midday New Jersey Pick 4 — 3778

New Jersey Pick 3 — 998

New Jersey Pick 4 — 4045

New Jersey Cash 5 — 1, 5, 15, 23, 24

Connecticut Midday 3 — 787

Connecticut Midday 4 — 8791

Connecticut Daily — 651

Connecticut Play 4 — 0123

Connecticut Cash 5 — 5, 8, 15, 18, 31

Powerball — 3, 7, 9, 26, 54; powerball, 19

Lottery numbers for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.