The Powerball drawing for Saturday, May 15 heats up to $183 million. Additionally, there is a cash value of $127.4 million.
In today’s news, ask yourself, “What would you do if you accidentally trashed a million-dollar ticket?”
Winning Powerball numbers for Saturday, May 12
Twice a week, there are two Powerball drawings on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 11 p.m. EST. Check back for this evening’s winning numbers.
Winning numbers: 4 – 10 – 37 – 39 – 69 Powerball: 24
Trashed million dollar ticket
A Clearwater, Florida local City Council member named Hoyt Hamilton, almost did not have a happy ending to his story. His story started at Publix where he stopped to buy a rotisserie chicken for his family’s dinner.
While at Publix, he asked the Publix cashier to check his tickets. Notably, Hamilton heard the familiar ding of a winning ticket. The machine then displayed the instructions of claiming his prize at the nearest Florida Lottery office.
Notably, the ticket did not have the typical “winning ticket” or “not a winner” printed on it. Thus, the cashier threw the ticket away in the trash. Hamilton thought about it two hours later and frantically raced back to Publix.
The cashier and employees helped empty her trash bin. Lucky for Hamilton, the ticket was still there and intact after about 10 minutes of searching. Lucky, indeed! Hamilton’s ticket was worth $1 million. He claimed the prize as a one-time payment, taking home $740k.
The safety of online lottery tickets
Ultimately, the situation with Hamilton and his lotto ticket could easily have been avoided. By buying online lottery tickets through the PA online lottery, you do not have a physical copy of your ticket.
Yet, winners are automatically notified and in most cases, paid out to your player account. Therefore, you never need to worry about losing or trashing your ticket.
However, there are other states where online lottery tickets are available:
- New York
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
Finally, different state lotteries provide funding to various state causes. For example, the PA Lottery benefits older Pennsylvanians. Please play responsibly.