No one has hit all six numbers since July 19, a testament to the low odds of winning the Powerball jackpot: one in 292.2 million.
WASHINGTON — The Powerball jackpot continued to grow in the hours leading up to Wednesday night’s drawing.
The Lottery announced on Wednesday morning due to “strong ticket sales”, the estimated top prize increased from $835 million to $850 million.
It remains the fourth largest jackpot in Powerball history and the ninth largest in US lottery history. No one has hit all six figures since July 19, a testament to that How small are the odds of winning the jackpot?: one in 292.2 million.
The $850 million jackpot is available to winners who choose to receive the full amount in 29 annual payments. Nearly all the winners chose the lower cash payout, which for Wednesday’s drawing was estimated at $397.4 million.
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Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
What time does the Powerball drawing take place?
The drawing will take place on Wednesday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern (9:59 p.m. Central Time, 8:59 p.m. Mountain Time, 7:59 p.m. Pacific Time)
What days does the Powerball lottery take place?
Back in August 2021, Powerball switched to three drawings per week in an effort to create larger prizes and increase revenue. Drawings are currently taking place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
How late can you buy Powerball tickets?
The limited time to buy Powerball tickets varies by state. Typically, turnaround time is within an hour or two of the scheduled drawing time. However, you should check with your local lottery.
What is the largest US lottery jackpot ever won?
1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, November 7, 2022 (one ticket from California)
2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
3. $1.58 billion, Mega Millions, August 9, 2023 (one ticket, from Florida)
4. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
5. $1.35 billion, Mega Millions, January 13, 2023 (one ticket, from Maine)
6. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
7. $1.08 billion, Powerball, July 19, 2023 (one ticket, from California)
8. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, January 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
9. ESTIMATED $850 million, Powerball, September 27, 2023
10. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)