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Will winning Powerball numbers result in a Christmas miracle this December? – IndyStar

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Two months have passed since the last Powerball jackpot winner was drawn on Oct. 4. 
The jackpot is climbing once again, reaching $378 million, with a cash option of $275.9 million for the next drawing on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
This sets up a chance for 2021 to have the largest December jackpot win in Powerball history. 
But are the stars aligning for a Christmas miracle?
Let’s take a look at what the month of December looks like in the world of Powerball.
According to Powerball.com, a Powerball jackpot winner has risen from the December snow 18 times to claim victory since 2003.
In 2012, there was a winner every week in December.
For those holding out for a Christmas miracle, six of those 18 wins came between Dec. 24-26 making for unforgettable stocking stuffers. That’s a 33% chance of a December win landing around Christmas.
The jackpots have ranged from $30.9 million to $298.3 million, which was the total of the last December Powerball jackpot win on Dec. 26, 2018. A single winner from New York claimed the prize.  
The average December jackpot win comes in at about $135.53 million.
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The Powerball will be played on Christmas Day in 2021. While it’s easy to get excited about the prospect of winning the lottery for Christmas, you may want to temper your expectations.
The Powerball has only been won twice on Christmas Day — a $71.5 million jackpot in 2013 and a $48.8 million jackpot in 2010.
In fact, only two of the 18 December Powerball jackpot wins have happened since 2013.  
Who knows? Maybe just like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story,” you’ll walk downstairs to find your version of a Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot, range model air rifle in the form of a winning Powerball ticket this Christmas.
I mean, a pink slip of paper with six winning lottery numbers is way better than pink bunny pajamas with attached slippers from Aunt Clara. Am I right? 
Here’s what you need to know about the Powerball:
The numbers for the Monday, Dec. 20 drawing were 2, 13, 23, 34, 66 and the Powerball was 2. The Power Play was 4.
The Double Play numbers for Monday, Dec. 20 were 8, 26, 36, 37, 47  and the Powerball is 19.
Powerball draws occur three times a week, on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Videos of the latest Powerball drawing can be found at www.powerball.com/watch-drawing at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Here’s where Powerball drawings are televised in Indiana:
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Powerball tickets are $2 apiece. Tack on the Power Play for $1 and your non-jackpot winnings could be multiplied up to five times. Players can multiply non-jackpot wins up to 10 times when the jackpot is $150 million or less.
For an extra $1, you can enter your numbers into a second drawing held after the main jackpot draw. Participants can win prizes ranging from $7 to $10 million.
The Hoosier Lottery also offers an instructional video on how to play Powerball:
Powerball can be played in 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The cutoff time to buy a Powerball ticket varies for each jurisdiction. Check with you local lottery office for details. In Indiana, tickets must be purchased by 9:58 p.m. EDT.
Yes, but the opportunity once again depends on each jurisdiction. Check with your local lottery office for more details.
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Approximately 1 in every 24.87 Powerball tickets sold are winners. The likelihood of winning the jackpot is 1 in 292,201,338.
The previous most recent Powerball jackpot winner was Oct 4, 2021. One lucky California winner scored the winning ticket worth $699.8 million.
Here’s a look all of the Powerball jackpot winners in 2021. They include:
Powerball began in 1992 with 23 states and has expanded to 44 states since its inception. Here’s a look at the number of winners by location:
Chris Sims is a digital producer at Midwest DOT. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.

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