A half billion dollars could be yours in the latest Powerball drawing. In fact, so many people were trying to access the Florida lottery website that the server was slow to respond and appeared down at times shortly after the 11 p.m. drawing. Surely, many of those hoping to win live right here in St. Pete.
The $579 million winning Powerball numbers have been selected and people across Tampa Bay and Florida are checking their tickets.
The winning Powerball numbers for the Nov. 28, 2012 drawing are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and a Powerball number of 6.
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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 chances goes way down. Only four people have hit 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.