Powerball players can watch Saturday's drawing live online to find out if they have won an unexpectedly massive $380 million jackpot right away. The jackpot was originally estimated at $360 million for the drawing, the 20th since the last Powerball jackpot winner.
But lottery officials on Friday announced that ticket sales have been so hot for Saturday's Powerball drawing that the value of the jackpot had jumped by $20 million. Ticket sales for Wednesday's drawing, with a $317 million jackpot, came in at a total of over 48.3 million, meaning that sales for Saturday will likely finish in the 60 to 70 million range.
The Saturday, February 7, Powerball drawing will be held as always at national Powerball headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida, at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time. Players hoping to become America's next multimillionaire can view streaming video of the live Powerball drawing online at the Powerball Live web page by clicking on this link.
Ticket sales in most states are cut off 45 minutes before the drawing, but actual deadlines vary from state to state, so players should check the lottery commission websites in their own states to find out the latest time they will be allowed to purchase tickets for the $380 million Powerball jackpot.
Tickets for the Powerball lottery cost $2 each. Players must select five numbers from 1 to 59, plus a sixth number, the red Power Ball, which is a number between 1 and 35. If all six numbers on your ticket match the numbers drawn on Saturday, you are a Powerball jackpot winner.
If there is a winner on Saturday, the jackpot would tie for the 10th largest lottery prize in United States history, equalling a $380 million Mega Millions payout won on January 4 of 2011.
However, if — for the 20th consecutive drawing — no one wins the Powerball jackpot Saturday, the total swells to an astonishing $450 million, and could rise even higher if ticket sales top expectations for that drawing, which would happen on Wednesday, February 11.
If that happens, Powerball players will definitely want to watch that drawing live online, with the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize ever on the line.
Saturday's $380 million jackpot will be the amount paid if a prospective winner decides to take the prize in 30 annual installment payments. But if a winner elects to receive the cash all at once, the payout will total approximately $257 million.
If you watch the Powerball drawing live online streaming video, and you see that you're a winner, be sure to sign your ticket immediately, but take all the time you need up to 180 days, in most states, to claim the prize.