Winning numbers for Powerball $356 million jackpot drawn

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter

HOUSTON - The winning numbers for the $356 million Powerball jackpot were drawn Saturday night.

The numbers are:

20...24...26...35...49

The Powerball is: 19

The Powerplay is: 2

The winning numbers for the Mega Millions $393 million jackpot were drawn Friday night.

The numbers are:

23... 33... 53...56... and 58

The Mega Ball is: six

The Megaplier is: five

Right now, the Mega Millions is $393 million and the Powerball is $356 million. It's the first time both have been so big.

Many people bought their tickets at a lucky store and crossing their fingers.

"I'm gonna win. I'm gonna be the winner," customer Tequilla Wilson said. "This is me. Right here. Tequilla Wilson."

But everyone else said the same thing, especially if you're buying from the Food Mart on Heights Boulevard near Washington Street.

"Are you going to have the winning ticket?" KPRC 2's Cathy Hernandez asked.

"I sure hope so. Make Houston happy," one customer said.

"I figured I'd come to the lucky store and try my luck," Steve Rochon said.

It's a lucky store because it sold a million-dollar Powerball ticket Wednesday.

Philip Pyle's ticket matched all five numbers, except for the Powerball.

"He lives nearby, but he doesn't always stop here," store owner Smita Patel said.

It's the first time in the store's 23-year history.

"It feels wonderful, excited," Patel said. "It's good for business."

Everyone knows the odds of winning are extremely small, but whether you're a first-timer or veteran, it only takes one ticket.

"I want to play the lotto but I've never played before. How do I do it?" one customer asked.

"You can't win it if you're not in it," Rochon said.

Even if you win both jackpots, you still don't have enough to buy the Houston Rockets; They're worth $1.6 billion.

Powerball drawing is Saturday around 10 p.m.

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