In a spectacular turn of events, Wednesday was the 33rd straight Powerball drawing without a jackpot winner, catapulting the game’s grand prize to a whopping $1.4 billion. This enormous jackpot has now become the third largest in history and the fifth highest ever in the United States.
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Until the fortunate individual who clinches this mammoth prize, there’s an appealing choice to make – a lump-sum payment of $643.7 million in cash, well over half a billion dollars, awaits them until the next drawing set for October 7th. It’s worth mentioning that in 2023, lottery jackpots have already crossed the billion-dollar level four times, with two of those happening in Mega Millions and two in Powerball.
Eric Hagler, the Lottery Executive Director voiced his shock in a press release by adding, “This represents the first time in Powerball game history that back-to-back jackpot cycles have delivered billion-dollar grand prizes. Earlier the Powerball jackpot was won on July 19 for $1.08 billion. Afterward, there have been 32 straight drawings without a grand prize winner.”
A recent survey reveals that the record-breaking jackpots in Powerball and Mega Millions can be due to two important factors: the opportunity for customers to simply purchase tickets online and the introduction of an extra drawing day.
Powerball Drawing Winning Numbers..?
In the October 4th drawing, with a jaw-dropping grand prize of $1.2 billion, the winning numbers were 9, 35, 54, 63, and 64, with the Powerball number 1 and a Power Play number 2. These figures contained the ability to transform someone into an instant billionaire.
While Wednesday’s Double Play drawing did not deliver a jackpot winner, ten players managed to score $1 million each by matching the first five numbers. Notably, two of these winners originated from California and are slated to get $1,220,123 each.
Furthermore, three second-prize tickets were sold with the Power Play option, boosting their prizes to $2 million apiece. These winning tickets were purchased in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The Wednesday Powerball drawing also saw 94 tickets win a large reward by matching four white numbers and the Powerball, each earning $50,000. Impressively, 13 of these winners had elected for the Power Play, thus doubling their prize money to $100,000. Notably, California proved to be a hotbed for success, with 14 of the winning tickets originating from the Golden State, where the draw’s reward was worth $17,500.
After Wednesday’s drawing, lottery officials revealed that the projected jackpot for Powerball had climbed to $1.4 billion on an annuity basis, with a cash value of $868 million. The excitement and anticipation surrounding this gigantic prize continue to capture the nation, as people across the country dream of striking it big with a Powerball ticket in hand.