Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Powerball drawing raises to $635 million

October 2 (WNN) — Saturday’s Powerball jackpot drawing could be worth $635 million, making it the sixth largest in the game’s history and the 10th largest in US lottery history.

According to a statement from Powerball, the jackpot has risen for nearly four months and was last hit in the June drawing, when tickets for $285.6 million were sold in Florida. Since that drawing there have been 39 consecutive drawings without a grand prize winner.

“When the jackpot reaches this level, we have more players jumping into the game, so we are constantly reviewing ticket sales to provide up-to-date jackpot estimates,” said May Shave Reardon, Powerball product group president and executive director of the Missouri Lottery, said in a statement.

Tickets to the drawing are sold in 45 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. More than half of the proceeds of each ticket sale remains in the jurisdiction in which it was sold. Powerball drawings are broadcast live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

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According to Powerball, in the run-up to Saturday’s draw, there have been several minor wins. On Wednesday, September 29, five tickets won $1 million after all five white balls were matched. Three stamps in the drawing cost $2 million. Wednesday’s drawing saw a total of 1.6 million tickets winning prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million.

However, the overall chance of winning the prize is 1 in 24.9. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

The biggest single lottery winning ever was the $1.5 billion Mega Million jackpot ticket sold in South Carolina in 2018. Two years ago, three winners had to split the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot.

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