LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Powerball May 15, 2013 winning numbers tonight prompted a near record. What were the Powerball May 15, 2013 numbers this evening, did you win, and why are there more near record payouts then ever before? The Powerball draw tonight (start time 11 pm EST) just revealed your winning numbers. They are 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 Powerball: 32.
Officials tell news that tonight’s Powerball May 15, 2013 winning numbers are a near record for the draw. Last Saturday, no one picked the winning numbers. So this evening it grew to three hundred sixty million dollars, the third-largest Powerball jackpot of all time. If you get all the numbers and the PB tonight, your cash option is $229.2 million, officials tell news. And if no one picked the numbers right, Powerball will grow even larger to Saturday May 18, 2013 with a start time also of 11 pm EST.
Reps tell news that the Powerball record still sits at $587.5 million set in November last year. And yet, why are jumping to such high levels, so quickly this year? Officials tell news that the game is different now that last year.
First, there is more money involved. The ticket is two dollars not one dollar. Second, the game is now in forty-four states and Washington DC.
With high ticket prices and more people playing, president and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery Corp. Rebecca Hargrove says this is the “new normal”. “The game changed about a year ago. The cost of a ticket went from a dollar to two dollars and now there are 44 states plus the District of Columbia. More people are playing, which makes it grow even quicker,” she said in a news statement.
When Pedro Quezada, 44, won $338 million, he said that he will help the rest of his family. “My family is a very humble family, and we are going to help each other out.” Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer tells news that big payouts and near records are “the new normal” for the new Powerball. For other draw results, click HERE.