The Powerball jackpot was a staggering $570 million this week, the eighth-highest sum in the lottery’s history. It has built up over a period of months because no winner has been found among the ticket holders.
It was the same story on Wednesday, with no jackpot winner. That means the rollover prize will now be $620 million (with a cash option of $446 million).
This huge sum, which has been reported as the sixth-largest Powerball jackpot ever, will be up for grabs on Sunday, October 3, so there could still be a winner before the week is out.
In case you missed it, here are the numbers for the Wednesday night draw.
First Five: 02-07-11-17-32
Power Play: 3x
While no one took home the jackpot, other big prizes were won.
The second prize of $1 million was won by five ticket-holders, while three Power players also won the second prize, each taking home $2 million.
Even more winners took home the third prize of $50,000, with 77 ticket holders picking the winning numbers.
There were 19 ticket holders with the third prize numbers in the Power play, meaning they each won $150,000.
As with every draw, there were more than a million players who won a prize, and hundreds of thousands went home with at least $4, which is the lowest possible amount to win.
What Are The Odds of Winning the Powerball?
The odds of winnings the Powerball jackpot are incredibly slim. This is unsurprising given how long it has been since someone took the enormous prize home.
According to the Powerball lottery itself, the chance of winning the top prize is one in 292,201,338, based on a $2 play. The chance of winning the second prize is one in 11,688,053.52.
The third prize has significantly better, but still very unlikely odds, with a one in 913,129.18 chance of winning.
These odds change slightly if a Power Play is used, and that changes yet again if the 10x multiplier is available.
Overall, however, there is a one in 24.87 chance of winning a prize in the Powerball lottery, though it is always more like to be the unexciting $4 payout.
When it comes to the lottery, it is always important to gamble responsibly and never gamble with what you do not have.
For more information on when gambling can become a problem, speak to the National Council on Problem Gambling’s 24 Hour Confidential National Helpline on 1-800-522-4700.
This can also be accessed by text at 1-800-522-4700 or online chat at ncpgambling.org/chat