The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s lottery drawing has climbed to an estimated $640 million with a cash option of $478.7 million — making it the potentially the eighth largest in U.S. lottery history.
“The winning numbers were: 14, 20, 39, 65, 67. Powerball: 2. Power Play 3X.”
The Powerball jackpot hasn’t been won since Sept. 16, when someone who bought a ticket in Ballston Spa, New York, captured the $94.6 million top prize. Since then, 34 drawings have been held without a jackpot winner.
If someone wins the jackpot Saturday night it would be the fifth-biggest Powerball prize.
While no one hit Wednesday’s $556.7 million jackpot, 11 second-prize tickets worth at least $1 million apiece were sold across the country.
In New Jersey, five third-prize tickets were bought, each of which matched four numbers plus the Powerball. One — sold at Krauszer’s on Amwell Road in Hillsborough — was purchased with the Power Play option for an extra $1 and is worth $100,000. The remaining four are valued at $50,000 apiece.
Wednesday’s winning numbers were: 4, 19, 23, 25 and 49. The Power Ball drawn was 14 with a Power Play of 2X.
The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1. A player who buys a $2 ticket has about a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to match five numbers and win at least $1 million, while the odds are 913,129 to 1 of winning the third prize of at least $50,000.
Powerball is played on Wednesday and Saturday in 45 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The lottery is also accepting mailed claims, though officials warn payments might be temporarily delayed. Winners are advised to make copies of the claim form and the winning ticket for their records.
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