The Powerball lottery just went through its 12th consecutive drawing without a grand prize winner, so the jackpot that began on Oct. 6 at $40 million is now estimated to be $214 million for the drawing on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The cash option prize for the next game will be $214 million with a $143 million cash value.
Lottery Post reports that the winning Powerball winning numbers for the drawing of Wednesday, Nov. 14, were 8, 10, 30, 44, and 58, and the Powerball was 13. Two tickets matched the first five numbers without the Powerball to win $1 million, neither of them coming from New Jersey.
One winning ticket from New Jersey claimed the $1 million second prize in the Powerball drawing of Nov. 10, and it came from Atlantic County. Philly.com reports that the ticket was purchased at AV&K Petroleum on the White Horse Pike in Galloway.
A few days before that, Ocean County had a winner in the Jersey Cash 5 drawing of Nov. 5. According to lottery.com, one winning ticket earned a prize of $225,998. The winner was sold at Stop & Shop on Kennedy Boulevard in Lakewood.
Lottery Post tells the story of a Hurricane Sandy cleanup volunteer from Chicago who ran into some unexpected good fortune. John Turner of Chicago Heights operates a water removal business known as National Catastrophe Solutions of Chicago, and he and his team cleaned up a number of flooded homes for free for some homeowners who had lost everything.
Last Sunday Turner, who was born in New Jersey, bought a scratch-off ticket and won $100,000. It was a happy story in an otherwise dismal setting.
"It's really, really sad," he said about the hurricane damage. "We hope they get back to normal as quickly as possible."