(CTN NEWS) – The Powerball jackpot has reached an impressive estimated sum of $1.04 billion, as none of the players managed to secure the big win on Saturday night. This marks a frustrating period of over two months with no lottery jackpot winners.
Looking ahead to the next drawing on Monday night, this jackpot remains among the top nine largest lottery prizes in the world.
This $1.04 billion jackpot is specifically for a single winner who chooses the annuity payment option, distributed over 30 years.
However, it’s worth noting that most winners tend to opt for the cash option, which, for Monday’s drawing, would amount to an estimated $478.2 million. Keep in mind that these winnings are subject to federal taxes, and many states also impose taxes on lottery prizes.
The jackpot has swelled to such an impressive figure because there have been 30 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner, going all the way back to July 19.
Powerball’s challenging odds of 1 in 292.2 million are designed to create substantial jackpots, with the prizes growing larger each time they roll over due to the absence of winners.
The largest Powerball jackpot to date was a staggering $2.04 billion, won by a player in California in November 2022.
In most states, a Powerball ticket costs $2, and players have the option to select their own numbers or let a computer generate them.
Powerball is a popular game played in 45 states across the United States, as well as in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
LIVE POWERBALL RESULT
Powerball Winning Numbers For September 30, 2023
The drawn numbers for the latest draw were 19, 30, 37, 44, 46, with the Powerball number being 22.
How to Participate in Powerball
Participating in Powerball involves a simple process with various potential prizes. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- Cost: Each Powerball entry costs $2.
- Number Selection: Choose five numbers ranging from 1 to 69 for the white balls. Then, select one number from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball.
- Number Selection Options: You can either manually pick your preferred numbers on a play slip or opt for a random selection by the lottery terminal.
- Winning Combinations: To win, your chosen numbers must match one of the following combinations:
- Match all 5 white balls + 1 red Powerball for the Grand Prize.
- Match all 5 white balls for a $1 million prize.
- Match 4 white balls + 1 red Powerball for a $50,000 prize.
- Match 4 white balls for a $100 prize.
- Match 3 white balls + 1 red Powerball for a $100 prize.
- Match 3 white balls for a $7 prize.
- Match 2 white balls + 1 red Powerball for a $7 prize.
- Match 1 white ball + 1 red Powerball for a $4 prize.
- Match 1 red Powerball for a $4 prize.
- Power Play Option: You have the opportunity to enhance your winnings through the Power Play option, which costs an additional $1 per entry. When the jackpot is under $150 million, this feature can multiply non-jackpot prizes by two, three, four, five, or even ten times.
- Prize Structure: Prizes, except for the Grand Prize, are fixed cash amounts. In California, prize payouts may vary depending on ticket sales and the number of winners.
What Are the Odds of Winning Powerball?
Understanding the odds can help you manage your expectations. Here are the odds for Powerball:
- The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292,201,338.
- For the smallest prize, $4 for matching one red Powerball, the odds are one in 38.32.
According to Powerball, the overall odds of winning any prize stand at one in 24.87, based on a $2 ticket, rounded to two decimal places.
What was the biggest Powerball jackpot?
Here are the Top 10 jackpots since the Powerball lottery began in 1992:
- $1.586 billion, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee
- $768.4 million, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin
- $758.7 million, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts
- $730 million, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland
- $699.8 million, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California
- $687.8 million, Oct. 27, 2018: Two winners in Iowa, New York
- $632.6 million, Jan. 5, 2022: Two winners in California, Wisconsin
- $590.5 million, May 18, 2013: Won in Florida
- $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012: Two winners in Arizona, Missouri
- $564.1 million, Feb. 11, 2015: Three winners in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas