Powerball Jackpot Hits Incredible $1.5 Billion, Just Short of World Lottery Record
The Powerball jackpot is close to the world lottery record.
No winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night’s $1.2 billion top prize, so the jackpot for Saturday’s drawing will be at least $1.5 billion, Powerball officials said.
As it stands, that would be just short of the world record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot shared by three winners in 2016. The jackpot could still grow if enough tickets are sold before the drawing.
A jackpot of $1.5 billion would be just behind the world mark, and for the Mega Millions gold pot of $1.537 billion.
The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 02, 11, 22, 35, 60 and the Powerball of 23.
There have been 39 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner since the last hit on August 3rd. So another record is on the horizon: The Powerball mark for consecutive draws without a top prize winner is 40.
Jackpot winners can receive their prize as an annuity paid over 29 years or as a lump sum. The cash value of Saturday night’s jackpot will be at least $745.9 million. That’s all before taxes.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.
Powerball tickets cost $2 each.
They are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Powerball drawings are broadcast live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 PM ET and live on Powerball.com.
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