Double Dreams: Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots on the grow
TRENTON — There are two chances to win large jackpots, as both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are on the grow.
For the 15th Powerball draw in a row, no one picked all five numbers and the Powerball, meaning the jackpot for Saturday night's drawing will have an annuity value of $286 million and a cash value of $178 million.
Wednesday night's Powerball numbers were: 01-16-54-63-69, Powerball 18 and Power Play 3. One ticket sold in New Jersey was worth $50,000, for matching four numbers and the Powerball.
The annuity jackpot for sister game Mega Millions is also on the grow, with an annuity value of $323 million and a cash value of $199 million. It will be the 10th-largest jackpot available in the game's history. No one has won the jackpot since April 28.
Tuesday night's drawing produced three $5,000 winners from tickets sold in Cranford, Piscataway, and Ramsey.
The last big, multi-state, game-winning ticket sold in New Jersey was in 2016, when the Smith family of Trenton won a Powerball jackpot with an annuity value of $429.6 million. The family on Wednesday hosted Gov. Chris Christie for the grand opening of their charitable foundation, The Smith Family Foundation.
Dr. Valerie Arthur, who is the foundation's human resources director, said the family collectively donated $16 million of their winnings to various charities. She said the foundation has given out $30,000 in grants to various groups this summer, including the Trenton Music School. It plans to dole out grants of up to $10,000 to other groups in coming weeks.
Christie called their decision to open the foundation "selfless" and an "inspiration."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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