Retired veteran claims $1 million Powerball ticket in Madison

Retired veteran claims $1 million Powerball ticket in Madison

"They just want to take a moment out of their day to consider how to dream big", Schlesinger said.

Check your tickets! The winning numbers for the Saturday, Oct. 27 Powerball drawing are 8, 12, 13, 19, 27 and Powerball 4. Until now, the biggest victor had been a $250,000 ticket about a year ago.

"Our obsession with lotteries, with gambling, is that unicorn feeling of, like, 'maybe it'll be me, '" CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger said.

No one has won the Powerball jackpot since August 11, and the odds of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is 1 in 302.5 million.

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Livingston and his family were thrilled to hear the news and grateful that the hospital's staff made him feel like a part of the team, Kraemer said. And then the staff came into the room and they were saying congratulations.

Livingston needs a hip replacement. He was on his way to his local store in southern New Jersey when he slipped and fell.

Wednesday's winning Powerball numbers were 2, 21, 45, 53 and 56 with a Powerball of 22. Most were rewarded with a $1 million prize, but two of them, in Florida and Texas, added a Megaplier option, tripling their winnings to $3 million. He lives alone on a fixed income and says he is going to use his lottery winnings to pay taxes.

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