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Numbers drawn for $1.55 billion Powerball jackpot after a long stretch without a winner

The numbers were drawn Monday night for an estimated $1.55 billion Powerball jackpot that ranks as the world's fourth-largest lottery prize.

The winning numbers announced were: 16, 34, 46, 55, 67 and the Powerball 14.

The top prize has grown so large because it has rolled over for 34 consecutive drawings, since the last time someone won the top prize on July 19. That streak trails the Powerball record of 41 draws set in 2021 and 2022. The largest jackpot ever was a $2.04 billion Powerball prize hit by a player in California in November 2022.

The scarcity of Powerball jackpot winners reflects the game's long odds of 1 in 292.2 million, which are designed to make winning rare so that grand prizes can grow huge.

The $1.55 billion prize is for a sole winner who is paid through an annuity, with annual checks over 30 years. Most jackpot winners opt for cash, which for Saturday night's drawing would be an estimated $679.8 million.

Federal taxes eat into the winnings, and some states also tax big lottery prizes.

Powerball is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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