Powerball jackpot leaps to estimated $800 million, its second-biggest ever

Powerball jackpot leaps to estimated $800 million, its second-biggest ever
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The already huge Powerball jackpot continues to grow and is now estimated at $800 millions — its second-biggest and fifth-largest in U.S. lotto history.

No winning tickets were sold Wednesday night for the Powerball jackpot of approximately $700million, which is the biggest in this year’s game. Officials from Powerball say that Saturday’s drawing will yield a grand prize of at least $800 millions. As more tickets are sold, the number could rise.

Wednesday was the 36th straight time no one won the Powerball pot of gold.

Powerball won the biggest jackpot, a staggering $1. 586 Billions in January 2016. It was shared by ticketholders from California, Florida, and Tennessee.

Powerball jackpot winners have the option of getting their prize in an immediate lump sum, which would amount to an estimated $383.7 million in cash value if someone wins Saturday, or as an annuity. That option pays out the full jackpot amount over roughly 30 years. All of this would be before taxes.

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

Powerball has nine ways to win. Officials from the lottery announced Wednesday that six tickets won a million dollars. Two were in California, and one each in Connecticut and Illinois, Michigan, and New York. They were able to match all five white balls, but they couldn’t win the entire prize because they couldn’t guess which Powerball.

Powerball Jackpots have been won five times this year.

The odds of winning any prize are one in 24.9. But the odds of winning the jackpot are — one in 292.2 million.

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

Powerball drawings are broadcast live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10: 59 p.m. ET and live streamed at Powerball.com.

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