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Wednesday's Powerball netted 7 million winners

Posted: 5:14 PM, Jan 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-07 17:14:56-05
Wednesday's Powerball netted 7 million winners

While no one landed Wednesday’s top prize of more than $500 million, at least 15 people became overnight millionaires from the Powerball drawing.

But as long as you correctly guessed the Powerball —which was No. 17 —you won at least $4.

Among the 7.1 million winners Wednesday, 15 people picked five numbers correctly, but did not have the Powerball. Fourteen of the 15 people netted $1 million, and one person won $2 million as they paid an extra $1 on their ticket.

An additional 171 people had four numbers plus the Powerball, which gave contestants at least winnings of $50,000.

The vast majority of the winnings were for either matching just the Powerball number or the Powerball with one number. Both results net $4 for winners. If you did not have the Powerball, but picked three, four or five numbers correctly, you still have a winning ticket. 

Contestants with winning tickets valued at less than $600 should go back to the retailer to collect their winnings. If you were lucky enough to win more than $600, the state lottery shall have the winnings available in roughly two weeks.

Depending on the state, you may have to claim your winnings within 90 days, while some states will allow you a full year to claim your winnings.

Because no one hit Wednesday’s jackpot, the top prize for Saturday’s multistate lottery will be at least $700 million.

Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.  Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs.