The Powerball jackpot is soaring again, after no lottery players in any state matched all six winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.
That marked the 14th consecutive drawing with no top-prize winner, so the jackpot for the next drawing — Saturday night — will climb to an estimated grand prize of of $325 million, according to thePowerball website. The cash option will be valued at $212.8 million.
There was some good news last night: One ticket sold in Texas is worth $2 million, because that ticket matched five numbers and played the power play, the Powerball website reported. In addition, one ticket sold in New York and one in Georgia are each worth $1 million, because those tickets matched five numbers last night.
Before you toss your tickets, you might want to check if you matched a few numbers or the Powerball number to win some smaller prizes. These were the numbers drawn Wednesday night: 8, 18, 24, 30 and 39. The Powerball selected was 26.
On Saturday one ticket sold in New Jersey matched four numbers plus the Powerball and was worth $10,000.
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 31.85, according to the Powerball website. The odds of matching all five numbers plus the Powerball are 1 in 175,223,510.00, and the odds of matching five numbers without the Powerball for $1 million are t 1 in 5,153,632.65.
Powerball is played in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, along with 40 other states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.