- No one won Powerball’s estimated $526 million jackpot Wednesday – causing the lottery game’s top prize to grow once again.
- The jackpot has now climbed to an estimated $572 million, with a cash option of $308.9 million, ahead of Saturday night’s drawing.
- No one has won the Powerball jackpot since Nov. 19. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are incredibly slim – standing at about 1 in 292.2 million.
After no big winner Wednesday night, the Powerball jackpot has grown once again.
No one won the lottery game’s grand prize Wednesday, causing the jackpot to climb to an estimated $572 million, with a cash option of $308.9 million, ahead of the next drawing on Saturday. The Powerball jackpot hasn’t been won since Nov. 19, causing the jackpot to grow larger and larger in recent months.
If someone finally wins the jackpot on Saturday, the over half-a-billion-dollar prize would only be distributed if a winner selects an annuity option paid gradually over 29 years – but opting for the cash option has historically been more common, and the final amount winners take home largely depends on state and federal taxes.
Of course, winning the jackpot means beating extremely slim odds. According to Powerball, the odds stand about 1 in 292.2 million.
Here’s a look at the winning numbers for Wednesday.
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The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 9, 17, 20, 38, 40, and the Powerball was 18. The Power Play was 2X.
Double Play numbers were 15, 32, 35, 42, 47, and the Powerball was 23.
Did anyone win the Powerball jackpot last night?
No one won Powerball’s estimated $526 million jackpot Wednesday night – causing the jackpot to grow to an estimated $572 million ahead of Saturday’s drawing.
What are my chances of winning Powerball?
While many lottery players may be tempted by an estimated $572 million jackpot, it’s important to note that the odds of winning Powerball’s grand prize are incredibly slim.
- The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 292.2 million.
- The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize (across all tiers) are about 1 in 24.9.
Where is Powerball played?
Powerball can be played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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How do I play Powerball?
Powerball tickets cost $2 per play. To enter the game, players select (or opt to randomly receive) five numbers from one to 69 for the white balls, and one number from one to 26 for the red Powerball.
To win the jackpot, you need to match the numbers for all five white balls and the red Powerball.
Aside from the grand prize, depending on how many balls are matched, there are eight additional ways you can win a Powerball prize across the game’s non-jackpot tiers.
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Non-jackpot prizes start at $4 and go up to $1 million. For an extra $1, you can opt into “Powerplay” – which multiplies non-jackpot winning prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10.
The 10X Powerplay is only available when the jackpot is $150 million or less, Powerball notes. The game’s second-tier “Match 5” prize is capped at $2 million for the Powerplay.
An additional add-on feature called “Double Play,” which gives players another chance to match their numbers after each Powerball drawing, is available in some jurisdictions for $1 per play.
Largest lottery prizes in US history
- $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: Won in California.
- $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee.
- $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina.
- $1.348 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023: Won in Maine.
- $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Won in Illinois.
- $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan.
- $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin.
- $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts.
- $730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland.
- $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California.
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