One West Virginia Lottery player just got a whole lot richer. Sheetz #482 on North Eisenhower Drive in Berkley sold a $50,000 Powerball ticket.
The winning numbers from last week’s draw are 6, 15, 22, 42, and 47. The Powerball number is 26. The winning ticket in Berkley matched four of those numbers and the Powerball. The customer did not purchase a Powerplay option.
According to the West Virginia Lottery’s website, customers have a one in 913,130 chance of winning the $50,000 payout.
How much is the current Powerball jackpot?
As of now, the Powerball jackpot sits at $526 million.
According to the Lottery’s website, customers have a one in 292,201,338 chance of securing the jackpot. The West Virginia Lottery gives residents a one in 11,688,054 chance at winning $1,000,000. Overall, the odds of winning any sort of prize are one in 24.87.
Should someone win the Powerball jackpot, it will reset to a guaranteed $20 million.
How to play Powerball in West Virginia
You can purchase a Powerball ticket from any West Virginia Lottery retailer or lottery vending machine. Additionally, you can purchase a ticket online with the West Virginia Lottery app. You can also order tickets through Jackpocket, which launched in WV a few months ago.
Customers must purchase tickets by 9:59 p.m. ET Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
Your Powerball slip will have five panels, and each play costs $2. You will need to mark five different boxes (from 1 to 69). On the bottom section of the ticket, you’ll need to mark one box from 1 to 26 — this represents your Powerball number.
Don’t feel like making the selections yourself? If you select the “Quick Play” option, the computer will randomly select the numbers for you.
If Powerball isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it: The state gives its residents plenty of lottery options. Customers can play more than 40 different instant games each year. That list includes:
- Mega Millions
- Lotto America
- Keno Go
- Daily 3, Daily 4
- Cash 25
How to check your lottery numbers
Numbers will be posted online once announced. However, you can watch the drawings live on TV. These stations broadcast the lottery drawings at 6:59 p.m. ET Monday-Saturday:
- Charleston/Huntington WDTV-TV
- Clarksburg WOAY-TV
- Oak Hill WVVA-TV
- Bluefield FOX9
- Wheeling, WV/Steubenville, Ohio
Collecting your West Virginia Lottery winnings
If you win the Powerball Jackpot, you have 180 days from the game’s ending to claim your winnings. You will need to decide if you want a cash payment or a graduated annuity.
If you choose the graduated annuity option, you will receive 30 payments over 29 years. Those payments will increase by a set percentage each year.
In West Virginia, you can share your jackpot winnings with other people. You can also remain anonymous, provided your lottery winnings are more than $1 million.
You can claim your lottery winnings via mail as well. Sign the back of your ticket and include your postal address and a copy of a valid ID (if the prize is more than $600). Mail all of that to West Virginia Lottery Claims, P.O. Box 2913, Charleston, WV 25330.
Your lottery dollars go toward a good cause
Since 1986, the West Virginia Lottery has generated more than $9 billion in proceeds. According to the Lottery’s website, those dollars went toward public education, senior services, and West Virginia’s tourism industry.
Specifically, lottery proceeds go directly to the:
- School Board Authority
- West Virginia Department of Education
- Higher Education Policy Commission
- Various education bonds and the PROMISE scholarship program
The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and West Virginia’s State Parks are also beneficiaries of lottery money.
Since 1986, West Virginia’s schools and education system have received more than $3.7 billion from the Lottery, according to its website. Senior citizens have benefitted from more than $1.5 billion in their programs, and the state parks have received $1.3 billion.