The Powerball drawing takes place live tonight, and after a record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot that resulted in three winners, the jackpot has reset to a measly $40 million. Does anyone care? Will anyone play Powerball after all of the hype, rush, and Powerball fever that claimed the nation for several weeks? While $40 million is chump change compared to the $1.5 billion that prompted people to cross state and national borders to play a ticket and spawned a fury of Steve Harvey memes, it can still result in someone becoming a whole lot wealthier than they may currently be. The Powerball jackpot of $40 million results in a cash value of $24.8 million. If no one wins the jackpot during tonight’s live drawing, it will continue to increase in value, as was the case with Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot drawing.
If you want to watch the Powerball drawing live tonight, you can see it in the video that will be updated below. The video below is from the $1.5 billion Powerball drawing that occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The next drawing takes place live Saturday night, Jan. 16, 2016, at 10:59 p.m. ET. After the phenomenal billion-dollar jackpot, many people have asked if there will be more billion dollar Powerball jackpots in the future. According to some reports, due to changes in the way Powerball is run and operated, the answer is yes.
The Powerball winning numbers for Jan. 16, 2016 are 61, 52, 51, 64, 3 and the Powerball is 6. Did you play Powerball tonight?
— John Harris (@winthenextlotto) October 7, 2015
Are you ready for the live Powerball drawing tonight?
— Powerball USA (@PowerballUSA) January 15, 2016
Powerball is a multi-state lottery game and is played in 44 states. The Michigan Lottery created a video titled “How to Play Powerball” that teaches those new to the game how to play. If you’re new to Powerball but don’t live in Michigan, the video will still be a worthwhile watch, because the game is played the same in different states. However, you might find some differences between states in different areas, so you might also find it a good idea to visit your state’s lottery page as well. You can find a list to the different Powerball multi-state lottery links at the official Powerball website. While the live drawing for last Saturday’s and Wednesday’s Powerball drawing was a highly anticipated event, it is unclear if the lower jackpot will cool off people’s enthusiasm. It’s possible that many people realized they just might become lucky and more people may play in tonight’s game. We’ll bring you more details after tonight’s live Powerball drawing.
So I didn’t buy a #Powerball ticket this week. Apparently, $40 million is not worth my time.
— Steve Helling (@stevehelling) January 17, 2016
Some people are using social media networks like Twitter to say they aren’t going to play Powerball tonight while others will.
I know it’s not $1.5billion anymore but I still totally got a couple of tickets yesterday 4 the #PowerBall Lottery. I’d still take 40mill :)
— Brad Everett Young (@BradEYoung) January 16, 2016
As there were three Powerball jackpot winners, one couple has come public: John and Lisa Robinson. The couple is from Munford, Tennessee, and almost missed out on the chance to become millionaires. John and Lisa Robinson spoke to NBC Today and even showed the winning Powerball lottery ticket. According to the report, John Robinson typically buys four lottery tickets. He wasn’t feeling well Wednesday night (the night of the Powerball drawing) and almost skipped the ticket purchase. His wife Lisa reminded him, he stopped off at the Naifeh’s Food Mart in Munford, and let the computer pick the numbers for him: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34, and 10. The report states he didn’t stay awake for the drawing due to feeling unwell, and went for a rest.
“Actually I was on way home from work, and she had called me and said, ‘Are you going to stop and get a couple lottery tickets?” John said. “I really didn’t feel like stopping that night, but I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll stop.’ I came home, and I wasn’t feeling good, and I handed the tickets to her and said, ‘I’m going to go lay down.”’
John told Today that his wife stayed up and watched the Powerball drawing, and she couldn’t believe her eyes that they matched the winning numbers. She woke her husband up to tell him the news. Understandably, John and Lisa Robinson got very little sleep that night. They spoke with an attorney, told their immediate family, and then made the decision to come forward. John Robinson has expressed some concern now that their identities have been revealed, but currently they plan to maintain the normalcy in their lives. They have both stated that they will keep their jobs as well as their current home.
Couple who won part of the world’s biggest ever lottery prize of $1.6 billion say they will not go “too crazy” https://t.co/8YBFZGQE3Q
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 16, 2016
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 15, 2016
— KATU News (@KATUNews) January 16, 2016
Are you going to play Powerball? Will you watch the live Powerball drawing tonight? How would you spend a Powerball jackpot?
[Photo by Phil Spears/AP]