by Photo courtesy of California Lottery

The Powerball Jackpot swelled up to an estimated $1.5 billion after Wednesday’s drawing did not produce any winners. 

If a player wins Saturday’s Jackpot, it will be the second-largest jackpot in Powerball history and the third-largest jackpot in U.S. Lottery History. This jackpot is only behind the world record of $1.586 billion and the 1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

Saturday’s drawing will be the 40th Powerball drawing since the jackpot was last won on August 3 in Pennsylvania. According to lottery officials, the overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

The jackpot swelled after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn – white balls 2, 11, 22, 35, 60, and red Powerball 23. Despite no winners on Wednesday, more than 7.2 million tickets won cash prizes totaling $74.9 million. 

Big winners include 16 tickets that matched all five white balls and increased the prize to $2 million by including the power play option for an additional $1 per play. 

There were also 189 tickets nationwide that won a $50,000 prize and another 49 tickets that won a $100,000 prize. 

 If no one wins the jackpot in Saturday’s drawing, it will tie the game record for the number of consecutive drawings without a grand prize winner. The longest jackpot run in Powerball history ended on Oct. 4, 2021, when a ticket in California won a $699.8 million jackpot on the 41st drawing.

Jackpot winners may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment. Both advertised prize options are before federal and jurisdictional taxes

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