UPDATE: Winning Numbers For $550 Million Florida Powerball

Florida is one of 42 states that offer the lottery game; how lucky will you be in Sarasota?

Updated 11:04 p.m.

Your winning numbers are:

5 23 16 22 29 Powerball is 6

Updated 2:48 p.m.

A half billion dollars could be yours tonight in the Powerball drawing.

The $550 million Powerball numbers will be drawn tonight sending the country and Florida in another jackpot craze. The estimated jackpot grew another $50 million Wednesday as more and more people bought tickets. We'll have your numbers at 11 p.m.

There are plenty of ups and downs to winning (or trying to win) the Powerball lottery in Florida.

Florida has the third highest active lottery sales in the nation and leads in Powerball wins, the Sun-Sentinel reports:

"We've led the nation since we added Powerball in 2009, both in winners and in sales," the Florida Lottery's Shelly Gerteisen said.

However, when it comes to hitting the jackpot in Florida, that chance of hitting it big goes way down. Only four people have won the Powerball jackpot in Florida, according to a Powerball analysis website. Florida joined Powerball in 2009 and the multi-state lottery has had 53 winners since then. Indiana leads in jackpot wins with 19 followed by Pennsylvania at 15.

Second place isn't a bad consolation prize, though. Florida has had 159 second-prize Powerball winners, according to the Powerball analysis site.

Lottery anaylsis website USA Mega broke down what you could expect to take home after taxes in the $550 million jackpot state by state.

For Florida, you do not have a state lottery tax nor an income tax, so it's just the federal taxes that will come your way. The site says your one-time payout would be $270,150,000.

Take the 30-year annuity payments, and it's $412.5 million, bringing home $13.75 million each year, according to USA Mega.

Given that Florida is relatively lucky, do you have a favorite store to buy your lotto tickets where you feel extra lucky? 

When the Powerball reached $425 million, we asked what you would do with the money in Sarasota. Here are some of your suggestions so far:

Julia Hanlon Seyffert: Homeless Families Shelter. 

Cj Colton: Pediatric cancer research 

Ivan Pozo-Illas: Create a couple charitable foundations, the local one to support local food banks, the homeless, and mental health. 

Chris Mucklow Meyer: Provide a place for the homeless to get back on their feet, learn new job and life skills, and build a restaurant within that provides meals but also gives the same people jobs. Kind of like the place Jon Bon Jovi has. Awesome. I would move back to Sarasota to do this for sure. 

Patricia Garlausky Horwell: Do something for the homeless and for a abused women and their children. 

Lisa Ledwith December 04, 2012 at 10:09 AM
To:: Julia, Cj, Ivan, Chris AND Patricia, IN MY EYES, The 5 of you sound like you're all kind hearted, good people. It does my heart good to read your posts. It's so nice to know that people with hearts still exist. I hope you're all happy and healthy, I really do! So many people would not give "other's a thought, let alone a hot nickel." I believe that those who are most likely to give are those who have in some way or another felt pain or loss in a way that cut them deep inside. Non the less, all of you leave me trying to imagine what a wonderful world we would live in if everyone had just half the heart, that each of you have. May this Holiday bring you all that is beautiful and good. Bless you all. Thank you ALL, for reminding me, there is HOPE, because there are good and decent people, like you. Lisa
Tired of Slaves and Sheep January 20, 2013 at 04:03 AM
I would give my son his Father back before they both die. Charity begins at home. We all need life saving surgery and two of us need teeth. Then instead of throwing money into a charity that will never find a cure. I would go after the people stopping it and rally the 95% of us that are getting taped by that elite 5% together to defeat them and change the way this country is being run, so the voice of that 95% is the voice running it. Before that happens, giving to charity is same as peeing in a pot and expecting the pot to empty itself.


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