Powerball lottery announced the six winning numbers for the record jackpot of $949.8 million on January 9.
The winning numbers were 32-16-19-57-34 and the Powerball number 13. All six numbers must be correct to win, although the first five can be in any order.
There was no winner in Saturday’s drawing as Wednesday’s jackpot is expected to hit $1.3 billion.
Since November 4, the Powerball jackpot has grown from its $40 million starting point as no one has won the jackpot. Such a huge jackpot was just what officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, hoped for last fall when they changed the odds of matching all the Powerball numbers, from about one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million. By making it harder to win a jackpot, the tougher odds made the ever-larger prizes inevitable.
Powerball jackpot soared to $394 million on Saturday night after the previous drawing failed to produce a winner.
The winning numbers were 5, 10, 21 34 and 58, lottery officials said. The Powerball was 33. It was not yet known whether anyone had won.
Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow until at least one player comes up with the winning number at a drawing.
The jackpot winners receive either payments over 29 years or a smaller cash lump sum. The cash option for the jackpot was in excess of $250 million.
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The biggest Powerball jackpot awarded by the Multi-State Lottery Association was $590.5 million and went to the holder of a single winning ticket in 2013. The association also operates the Mega Millions jackpot, which awarded a top prize of $656 million three years ago.
Game drawings for Powerball, played in 44 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands, are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. in Tallahassee, Florida.
Powerball ticket costs $2. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175 million.
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