PA Man is First Millionaire of the Year; Powerball Jackpot Cracks $500 Million

Written By Staff on January 1, 2022 - Last Updated on January 2, 2022

Powerball is starting off the new year with a bang. Going into 2022, the jackpot sits at a whopping $500 million for the New Year’s Day drawing on Jan 1. The lump sum cash option would gross the winner $355.9 million.

On Wednesday, one player from GA won a $1 million prize by matching the first five balls. Will we see a half-billion dollar winner from tonight’s drawing? Check your numbers here after the official drawing at 11 p.m.

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Winning numbers: 6 – 12 – 39 – 48 – 50

Powerball: 7

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PA Resident Becomes First Millionaire of the Year

While the nation was ringing in the new year, five finalists around the country had their fingers crossed, hoping to win the Powerball First Millionaire of the Year prize during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. All the contestants and their families got to enjoy a New Year’s Eve party package, $10,000 and other prizes provided by Powerball, but one lucky Pennsylvanian took home the big prize.

Joining the live broadcast from home, Brian Minewaeser of Chester County was announced as the $1 million winner in the special drawing.

“It’s just so surreal!” Mineweaser said. “It’s amazing to win $1 million! This will help me put my four kids through college.”

PA Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko congratulated the lucky winner.

“The Pennsylvania Lottery congratulates Brian on his $1 million Powerball prize. It was exciting to watch the winning moment live on television. We remind our players that it only takes one ticket to win a life-changing prize and playing the lottery in Pennsylvania helps the older residents of our commonwealth.”

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Screenshots of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve c/o Katie Kohler.

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