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Numbers drawn for $541M Powerball jackpot

Joe Corbett of Medford buys a Powerball ticket

Joe Corbett of Medford buys a Powerball ticket at a 7-Eleven in Nesconset on Aug. 19, 2017. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

The numbers drawn Saturday night for the Powerball jackpot were 17, 19, 39, 43 and 68. The Powerball was 13.

Powerball hopefuls on Long Island were already spending the money they’ve yet to win before the drawing.

“I’d buy a bunch of cars. And a house to store the cars, but I wouldn’t care about the house so much,” said Joey Occhiuto, 36, of Melville.

He purchased five tickets Saturday at a local convenience store off Route 110.

The $541 million jackpot is the fifth-largest in history, lottery officials said, but the odds of winning are 1 in 292 million. The drawing was held at 10:59 p.m. Saturday.

Phillip Calandra of New Hyde Park said he bought a ticket because he wanted in on the excitement.

Calandra, 62, said he’d donate at least $1 million of his winnings to help children with cancer — after wiping out his credit card debt.

“If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” he said of the grand prize. “That’s the chance you take.”

Becky Paper of Plainview bought her ticket at a 7-Eleven in Hicksville on Saturday afternoon and immediately began dreaming of riches.

“I’d pay back my student loans and money I owe to family,” she said. The 27-year-old quickly added: “I’d retire early.”

The jackpot has an estimated cash value of $340.1 million before taxes.

Powerball is sold in 47 U.S. jurisdictions. Players have to choose five white balls ranging from 1 to 69, as well as a red Powerball from a separate field numbered 1 through 26. To win the jackpot, a player must match all five white balls and the red Powerball.

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