Americans across over 50 states and jurisdictions have fallen in love with Powerball, the nation’s favorite lottery game, and have poured money into it. The anticipation is growing as the jackpot for the forthcoming draw on Saturday, October 7, 2023, has soared to an astounding $1.4 billion. Drawings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
This incredible sum is currently the third-largest grand prize in Powerball history. The jackpot won in January 2016 that was worth $1.59 billion, making it the second-largest payout ever, is only barely surpassed by this sum. The record-breaking $2.04 billion jackpot won in California in November, which makes it the highest reward to date, continues to hold the top slot.
Gaining the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 292.2 million likely. However, if a player’s fortune turns, they can choose to get the whole cash in a single payment and 29 yearly payments. They can also choose to get a lump sum payment of about $643.7 million before taxes.
A lucky gambler in California just won the fourth-largest prize, totaling a whopping $1.08 billion, on July 19 of this year. Another Powerball jackpot was won earlier that year, in February, with a happy winner taking home the top reward of $754.6 million.
A Wednesday Drawing Brings 3.2 Million Winners
Although there may not appear to be many chances to win the Powerball jackpot, more than three million players won prizes in the most recent drawing. Seven tickets were able to match all six white balls, winning a $1 million reward apiece, even though none of them matched all six of the white balls (9, 35, 54, 63, 64, and the red Powerball 1). Two of the winning tickets came from California and Texas, while one winner each came from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York. In addition, three fortunate players chose the multiplier and won a stunning $2 million apiece.
81 participants in the lower prize categories correctly predicted four white balls and the red Powerball, winning them $50,000 apiece. The prizes of an additional 13 players increased to $100,000 apiece when they decided to add the Power Play feature to their tickets.
More than 3.2 million winning tickets were issued during the Powerball drawing on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, the red Powerball was accurately predicted by the biggest number of winners, 1,723,161 of whom took home the lowest-tier reward of $4.
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