There were no general winners for the $640 million Powerball jackpot on Saturday night, but two fortunate players scooped $2 million each.
The winning numbers were 14, 20, 39, 65 and 67 with the Powerball being 02.
The value of the jackpot for Wednesday’s draw has now increased to $730 million– which is presently the fourth-largest prize in the game’s history– with a cash alternative of $546 million.
The Powerball prize was last won on September 16, when a ticket purchased in Ballston Health club, New York, returned a $946 million reward.
Prior to that, the prize was won on August 12, when one fortunate gamer in Florida matched all five white balls and the Powerball to pocket a huge $169 million payout.
While there were no overall winners on Saturday night, there were 2 winners for the second-place $1 million reward, with tickets sold in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Both players filched $2 million as they had actually acquired a Power Play.
Eleven second-prize tickets returned $1 million each as they matched all 5 balls, but gamers didn’t purchase the Power Play choice Those tickets were sold in California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia.
There were 82 tickets sold nationwide that matched four of the five white balls and the Power Ball for the $50,000 3rd prize. Of those ticket holders, 15 bought the Power Play, which made their third-prize payouts worth $150,000
Just over 2,000 gamers won $100 by matching 4 numbers and of those winners 405 won $300 by utilizing the Power Play. Additionally, nearly 5,500 people won $100 by matching three numbers and the Power Ball and among them over 1,000 increased their reward to $300 using the Power Play.
Like the Mega Millions lotto, the Powerball is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
There are 9 ways to win a reward, ranging from $4 to the prize, which increases with each draw that it is not won. The overall odds of winning a prize in the Powerball lottery are 1 in 24.9 but, according to the Powerball site, the chances of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338
A player will win if the numbers on one row of their ticket match the numbers of the balls drawn. Tickets cost $2 per have fun with the alternative of including the Megaplier to a ticket for an additional $1 per play.
For payment, money that is won can either come as an annuity, one instant payment followed by 29 annual payments increasing by 5 percent each payment, or money, which is described online as a “one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the money in the jackpot reward swimming pool.”
If you win a jackpot, call lottery authorities at 1-800-222-0996
The next Powerball draw is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20.
Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot is now at $850 million, the second-highest in that game’s history ahead of its draw on Tuesday, January 19.