- Powerball’s estimated jackpot climbed to $439 million for Wednesday night’s drawing.
- After another night with no jackpot winner, the grand prize has grown to an estimated $473 million, with a cash option of $255.7 million.
- The winning numbers for Powerball’s Wednesday night drawing have been released.
- The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot remain extremely slim, standing at about 1 in 292.2 million.
After no one won the jackpot in Powerball’s Wednesday night drawing, the lottery game’s top prize climbed to an estimated $473 million.
No one has won the game’s jackpot since Nov. 19, according to Powerball – causing the grand prize to grow higher and higher in recent months. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot remain extremely slim, standing at about 1 in 292.2 million.
Wednesday night’s drawing followed several historic lottery wins that the U.S. has seen in recent months:
Here’s what else you need to know.
Powerball winning numbers: Wednesday, Jan. 18
The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 6, 15, 22, 42, 47, and the Powerball was 26. The Power Play was 3X.
Double Play numbers were 4, 11, 14, 54, 69, and the Powerball was 16.
Did anyone win Powerball on Wednesday?
There was no jackpot winner on Wednesday, so the grand prize will climb to an estimated $473 million for Saturday’s drawing with a cash option of $255.7 million, according to the Powerball website.
If someone wins on Saturday, the $473 million would only be distributed if a winner selects an annuity option paid gradually over 29 years. Most jackpot winners opt for the cash option – in a one time, lump sum payment. The final amount taken home depends of federal and state taxes.
How do I play Powerball?
To enter Powerball, players select five numbers from one to 69 for the white balls, and one number from one to 26 for the red Powerball. You can choose numbers on your own or let the lottery terminal randomly pick for you.
To win the jackpot, you need to match the numbers for all five white balls and the red Powerball.
Aside from the grand prize, depending on how many balls are matched, there are eight additional ways you can win a Powerball prize across the game’s non-jackpot tiers.
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Non-jackpot prizes start at $4 and go up to $1 million. For an extra $1, you can opt into “Powerplay” – which multiplies non-jackpot winning prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10. The 10X Powerplay is only available when the jackpot is $150 million or less, Powerball notes. The game’s second-tier “Match 5” prize is capped at $2 million for the Powerplay.
An additional add-on feature called “Double Play,” which gives players another chance to match their numbers after each Powerball drawing, is available in some jurisdictions for $1 per play.
Where is Powerball played?
Powerball can be played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What are my chances of winning Powerball?
While many lottery players may be tempted by the estimated $439 million jackpot, it’s important to note that the odds of winning Powerball’s grand prize are incredibly slim.
- The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 292.2 million.
- The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize (across all tiers) are about 1 in 24.9.
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Largest lottery prizes in US history
- $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: Won in California.
- $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee.
- $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina.
- $1.348 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023: Won in Maine
- $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Won in Illinois.
- $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan.
- $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin.
- $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts.
- $730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland.
- $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California.
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Contributing: Emily DeLetter, The Cincinnati Enquirer; Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star; John Connolly, NorthJersey.com