The multi-state Powerball lottery game’s jackpot increased to an astounding $1.4 billion on Wednesday since there was no jackpot winner in the 33rd straight drawing.

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For the following drawing on October 7, the winner can choose to receive a lump-sum payout of $643.7 million in cash, or more than $500 million. The Powerball prize from Saturday is now the third-largest in history and the fifth-largest in American history.

Four lottery prizes have now crossed the $1 billion barrier in 2023, including two Mega Millions and two Powerball jackpots.

According to a press statement from the Lottery Executive Director Eric Hagler, this is the first time in the history of the Powerball game that consecutive jackpot cycles have resulted in grand prizes of $1 billion. “The $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot was already claimed on July 19. Since then, 32 lotteries in a row have occurred without a top prize winner.

According to a recent poll, the availability of online ticket sales and the inclusion of an extra day have likely contributed to the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots recently surpassing records.

The winning numbers for the drawing on October 4th, which had a $1.2 billion grand prize, were 9, 35, 54, 63, and 64. The winning Powerball number was 1, while the winning Power Play number was 2. Someone would have become a millionaire with these figures.

The winning numbers in Wednesday’s Double Play drawing were 12, 30, 39, 64, 67, and Powerball 22. Play Double Play for extra money and a chance to win up to $10 million in 14 states for just $1 each play.

Sadly, no one hit the large prize, but 10 players on Wednesday each won $1 million for matching the first five numbers. Two of the winners, who each earn a sum of $1,220,123, are from California.

For an additional $1 per play, three second-place tickets were bought using the Power Play feature, boosting their payouts to $2 million. Three of the tickets were sold: one each in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

94 tickets also won cash in the Wednesday drawing by matching the Powerball and four white numbers, each taking home $50,000. 13 players out of the 94 ticket holders selected the Power Play option, increasing their winnings to $100,000 apiece. Additionally, 14 of the winning tickets were purchased in California, where the draw’s $17,500 prize was given out.

According to lottery officials, following Wednesday’s drawing, the anticipated Lottery jackpot was raised to $1.4 billion on an annuity basis, with a cash value of $868 million.

Where are lottery tickets sold?

In-person ticket sales are available in grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores. There may be lottery ticket sales at some airport terminals.  

The following U.S. states also accept online lottery ticket orders: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. Using your phone or personal computer, you may choose your lottery game and numbers, make an order, view your ticket, and collect your winnings using the Jackpocket app.  

How frequently do lottery winnings reach $1 billion or more?

There have been nine jackpots between Mega Millions and Powerball that have exceeded $1 billion in the past five years. Four of such incidents occurred in 2023.

First, a $1.53 billion Mega Millions winner in January. The next jackpot was a $1.08 billion Powerball win in July. one more for a $1.63 billion Mega Million prize in August. The most recent Powerball drawing is still taking place.

$2.04 billion was the greatest lottery jackpot ever won in November 2022. The second $1 billion jackpot of the year was this one. Prior to it, only in 2021, 2018 and 2016 did a jackpot exceed over a billion dollars.

What is Powerball?

Do you want to play Powerball but are unsure of how it operates? Here are some important details.

Before playing Powerball, you first select five white ball numbers. These five numbers will fall between 1 and 69. Next, decide between a “Powerball” or “red ball” number. This number will fall between 1 and 26.  

You may “power play,” which increases all non-grand prize earnings by a factor of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10, for an additional $1.

You win a reward if at least one of your numbers in the Powerball drawing matches.

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