Powerball Winning Numbers: Lottery Results May 18, Jackpot Tops $120 Million

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The Powerball winning numbers for Wednesday, May 18, 2011, are 7, 12, 13, 42, 49, the Powerball is 16, and the PowerPlay number is X 4.

Good News and Bad News: There were no Powerball jackpot winners in Wednesday’s lottery drawing for $98,900,000. The good news is, the jackpot rolled over to a whopping $120,000,000, and all Powerball players have another chance at winning the big one in the next drawing on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

Powerball Jackpot Grows

Whenever a lottery drawing grows to over $100,000,000, players begin buying multiple blocks of lottery tickets in hopes of becoming the next multimillionaire, and driving the jackpot up even higher.

Lottery players that wouldn’t normally spend their hard-earned money will dig deep down in their purse or wallet and pull out an extra dollar just to buy the extra Mega Millions multiplier, or in this case, spend a dollar more for the Powerball PowerPlay option for an even bigger chance at winning millions.

Powerball Winners May 18, 2011

Even though no one matched all six Powerball winning numbers last night, there were a total of 787,898 Powerball winners playing in 42 States, including Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands. The total in prize money won was $8,651,579.

There were seven (7) Match 5 + 0 Powerball winners in all, with two (2) of those players from Idaho and New Hampshire purchasing PowerPlay tickets for $1,000,000 each. Powerball winners who didn’t buy PowerPlay tickets purchased their winning Powerball numbers in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Texas for $200,000 each.

It Pays To Play the PowerPlay!

Those that bought PowerPlay tickets will be singing all the way to the bank with a cool $1,000,000, while those that didn’t will be wishing they spent an extra $1. It Pays to Play the PowerPlay!

There were also forty-three (43) Match 4 + 1 Powerball winners holding winning tickets for $10,000 each. Six (6) of those lottery winners purchased PowerPlay tickets, and since the PowerPlay number was 4, those PowerPlay winners will have their prize winnings instantly multiplied by 4 for $0,000 each!

An additional 787,848 Powerball players have winning tickets ranging from $3 to $100 for smaller tier prizes.

Past Powerball Winning Numbers for May 2011

  • May 14, 2011: 8, 17, 18, 40, 44, Powerball 16, PowerPlay X 2
  • May 11, 2011: 9, 17, 32, 43, 45, Powerball 31, PowerPlay X 3
  • May 7, 2011: 2, 11, 27, 47, 55, Powerball 15, PowerPlay X 4
  • May 4, 2011: 3, 15, 27, 29, 41, Powerball 24, PowerPlay X 4

The next Powerball drawing is Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 10:59pm ET, which also happens to be “May 21st Doomsday” or “Harold Camping’s Rapture” or “The End of the World.”

Of course, none of the Doomsday talk is proven, so if you do happen to match all six Powerball winning numbers and walk away with the $120,000,000 Powerball jackpot, you know what they say? You can’t take it with you! Good Luck!

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