One Kentucky Ticket Holder Wins $122 Million Powerball Jackpot; the Last Word on El Gordo

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There was one winning ticket in the Dec. 26 Powerball game. It was bought in Kentucky and it is worth a cool $122 million.

The winning numbers are: 32,36,37,41,53 and Power ball 30.

The next Powerball jackpot is $20 million, offered up on Dec. 30.

The Mega Millions jackpot is $16 million, on Dec. 29.

And Euro Millions has a 27 million euros jackpot on Jan. 1, 2010. That’s about $39 million USD.

Now, to a wrap up of El Gordo, the world’s richest lottery, held annually in Spain.

I like how El Gordo works (anyone listening here in the U.S.?). It’s a $3.3 billion lottery with many top prizes, not one.

The top prize went to holders of tickets bearing the number 78294.

The number appears on 1,950 tickets, and each holder stood to win euro300,000 ($430,000).

“You go to bed at night with nothing and the next day you’re a millionaire!” joked telephone shop worker Rafael Lara, 24, from the Dominican Republic, who won euro300,000 ($430,000).

“When I found out, I didn’t know what to do, how to react. I rang my mother and she can’t believe it. I still don’t know what I’ll do with the money,” he told The Associated Press.

Thousands of other people won smaller prizes in the lottery, which hands  out euro2.32 billion ($3.33 billion) in prize money.

Although other lotteries have bigger individual top prizes, the Gordo is ranked as the world’s richest for the total sum paid out. Rather than a single jackpot, the lottery aims for a share-out in which thousands of numbers yield at least some prize money.

The Gordo is a favorite holiday tradition in Spain.

Next time I’m in Spain, I’m buying a ticket.

Congratulation, winners everywhere.

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