Four Texans Become Millionaires In $1.08 Billion Powerball Draw

Written By Jason Jarrett on July 20, 2023
Four Texans were named millionaires in Powerball drawing

Lottery officials declared one winner in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing that had a jackpot of $1.08 billion, the third-highest winning prize in the game’s history. The winning ticket was sold in California.

The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 7, 10, 11, 13, 24, and the Powerball was 24. The Power Play was 2X.

Four Texas lottery players who bought tickets in Forney, Houston, Pleasanton and San Marcos matched five numbers and walked away with $1 million prizes. Powerball officials announced 36 $1 million winning tickets were sold in 16 states.

With Wednesday night’s jackpot hit, the top prize for the game will shrink to $20 million. Before last night’s win, the last Powerball jackpot winner occurred April 19, when a ticket holder walked away with $253 million.

History of large US lottery payouts

AMOUNTGAMEDATEWINNING STATE
1. $2.04 billionPowerballNov. 7, 2022California
2. $1.586 billionPowerballJan. 13, 2016California, Florida and Tennessee
3. $1.58 billionMega MillionsAug. 8, 2023Florida
4. $1.537 billionMega MillionsOct. 23, 2018South Carolina
5. $1.348 billionMega MillionsJan. 13, 2023Maine
6. $1.337 billionMega MillionsJuly 29, 2022Illinois
7. $1.08 billionPowerballJuly 19, 2023California
8. $1.05 billionMega MillionsJan. 22, 2021Michigan
9. $768.4 millionPowerballMarch 27, 2019Wisconsin
10. $758.7 millionPowerballAug. 23, 2017Massachusetts

Wednesday’s drawing was the third time a Powerball jackpot pushed past $1 billion. Along with November’s record $2.04 billion jackpot, also won in California, the Powerball top prize reached $1.586 billion in January 2016.

Wednesday’s jackpot was the sixth-highest in US lottery history. The Mega Millions jackpot has topped $1 billion four times: October 2018, January 2021, July 2022 and January 2023.

The Mega Millions’ top prize has also surged in recent weeks. The game’s top prize sits at an estimated $720 million, the seventh largest in that game’s history and 11th overall in US lottery history. The next drawing for that game is Friday night.

How to get Mega Millions tickets online in Texas

While the Texas Lottery does not sell Mega Millions tickets online, you can get them through third-party options such as Jackpocket.

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Jackpocket is a mobile application for Android and iOS devices. A third-party app that’s not affiliated with the Texas Lottery, Jackpocket will legally purchase lottery tickets for you. Along with Mega Millions, users can also purchase Powerball tickets.

Three Texas-based pro sports teams – the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars – have Jackpoket as a business partner.

There are other third-party options to purchase in the country, such as Jackpot.

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are also sold at lottery retail locations across the state.

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Jason is the managing editor PlayTexas.com and eight other states' websites, covering sports betting and gambling in the two states. He has more than 25 years of journalism experience, spending nearly 10 years as a senior editor at the Austin American-Statesman.

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