Powerball Goes 0 for 39, Leading to Massive Jackpot

It's now up to $620M ahead of Saturday's drawing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2021 12:27 PM CDT
Powerball Jackpot Now 10th Largest in US History
Blank forms for the Powerball lottery sit in a bin at a grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After nearly four months without a big winner, the Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $620 million, making it the 10th largest US lottery prize ahead of Saturday night's drawing, per the AP. There have been 39 drawings in a row without a Powerball grand prizewinner, dating back to the last time someone hit the jackpot on June 5. It's no mystery why it's been so long since a player has hit the jackpot—the odds are a steep 1 in 292.2 million. Although the jackpot is billed as $620 million, that's the estimate for the annuity option paid over 30 years. Winners nearly always opt for the cash option, which for Saturday's drawing will be an estimated $446 million.

Also via AP, a look at the 10 largest US jackpots that have been won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:

  1. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
  2. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018 (one ticket, South Carolina)
  3. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021 (one ticket, Michigan)
  4. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, Wisconsin)
  5. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, Massachusetts)
  6. $731.1 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021 (one ticket, Maryland)
  7. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)
  8. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois, Maryland)
  9. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia)
  10. $590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013 (one ticket, Florida)

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