Powerball jackpot hits 0 million, second-highest ever

Powerball jackpot hits $800 million, second-highest ever

The already enormous Powerball jackpot has reached an estimated $800 million, making it the second-largest in the game’s history and the fifth-largest in U.S. lottery history.

No winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night’s $700 million Powerball jackpot, the largest of the year. The top prize for Saturday night’s drawing will be at least $800 million, according to Powerball officials. The number may increase as more and more tickets are purchased.

Wednesday marked the 36th consecutive day with no winner of the Powerball jackpot.

In January 2016, Powerball’s greatest prize was also the largest jackpot ever won in any lottery in the world, at a staggering $1.58 billion. It was shared by Californians, Floridians, and Tennesseans.

Powerball jackpot winners have the option of receiving their prize in a lump sum, which, if won on Saturday, would be worth an estimated $383.7 million in cash, or as an annuity. This option distributes the entire jackpot amount over about thirty years. All of this would be before to taxation.

The winning numbers for Wednesday night were 19, 36, 37, 46, 56, and a Powerball of 24.

There are nine ways to win Powerball. Wednesday saw six million dollar winners, according to lottery officials: two in California and one each in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, and New York. They matched all five white balls but did not win the jackpot because they did not correctly predict the Powerball.

This year, Powerball jackpots have been won five times.

The probability of winning any award is 1 in 24.9. However, the odds of winning the prize are 1 in 292,200,000.

Powerball tickets are available in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for $2 each.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET, the Powerball drawings are aired live and streamed live on Powerball.com.

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