Powerball Jackpot Jumps to $353 Million Dec. 18; No Anonymity for PA Winners

Written By Staff on December 18, 2021

One lucky Powerball player in Maryland matched five numbers in the Wednesday drawing, winning $2 million on their PowerPlay ticket. PowerPlay costs an extra $1 and multiplies your winnings.

Still, there was no jackpot winner this time, so the Grand Prize makes a jump to an estimated $353 million. The lump-sum cash option clocks in at $256 million before applicable withholding.

PowerBall Winning Numbers for Saturday, December 18, 2021

We post the drawing numbers here when they’re available after 11 p.m.

Winning numbers: 02 – 06 – 24 – 51 – 61

Powerball: 01

Multiplier: 2x

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Lottery Winners and Their Privacy

Would you prefer to remain anonymous if you won the lottery? In PA, you don’t have that option. State law says that certain winner information is public record. The reasoning behind the lack of privacy is to ensure transparency and trust in the lottery. Anyone is able to see that the winners are real people.

Most other states have similar laws limiting the privacy of lottery winners. A 2018 Powerball jackpot winner in NH sued the state’s Lottery Commission, attempting to keep her identity private. Her lawyers argued that her safety would be in jeopardy if her identity were revealed. In that case, the judge agreed and ruled to keep her identity private.

But don’t bank on that happening for you if you win big in PA. There have been attempts to change the law in PA, but no such luck. Your best bet is to hire lawyers and financial professionals experienced in dealing with windfalls of this sort, so your money stays in your own hands.

Buy Lottery Tickets Online

Check out PA Online Lottery and their official app. PA iLottery allows you to buy Powerball and MegaMillions tickets online, and features instant win games. Sign up is quick and easy. Use our code for $20 in free play and a deposit match of up to $500.

Best of luck, and always play responsibly.

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