Powerball at Nearly $1B

After the latest drawing with no winner
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2024 12:45 AM CDT
Updated Mar 28, 2024 12:00 AM CDT
Someone Has Won $1.12B Mega Millions Jackpot
An electronic billboard advertises the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, Monday, March 25, 2024, in Des Moines, Iowa, that when combined amount to nearly $2 billion.   (AP Photo/Scott McFetridge)
UPDATE Mar 28, 2024 12:00 AM CDT

The Powerball jackpot increased to an estimated $935 million after no one matched the six numbers drawn Wednesday night, the AP reports. The numbers selected were: 37, 46, 57, 60, 66, and the Powerball 8. The drawing came a day after a player in New Jersey won a massive Mega Millions prize after 30 straight drawings without a winner. The Powerball jackpot has been growing for months, since the last winner on New Year's Day. There now have been 37 consecutive drawings without anyone hitting the top prize. The next drawing is Saturday night.

Mar 27, 2024 12:45 AM CDT

Someone in New Jersey overcame the odds Tuesday night and won the $1.12 billion Mega Millions jackpot, breaking a winless streak that dated to last December. The numbers drawn were: 7, 11, 22, 29, 38, and 4. The winning ticket was sold in New Jersey, according to the Mega Millions website. Until the latest drawing, no one had matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions jackpot since Dec. 8. That amounted to 30 straight drawings without a big winner, the AP reports. The prize is the eighth-largest in US lottery history and the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history.

It's tough to win the Mega Millions jackpot because the odds are so long, at 1 in 302.6 million. The $1.12 billion jackpot is for a winner who is paid through an annuity, with an initial payment and then 29 annual payments. Most winners choose a cash payout, which would be $537.5 million. The next big US lottery drawing will be Wednesday night for an estimated $865 million Powerball jackpot. No one has won that prize since New Year's Day, making for 36 drawings without a winner.

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