COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Powerball jackpot has topped $1 billion for the second straight time after no one matched the grand prize numbers again.
Saturday’s Powerball drawing is worth an estimated $960 million, making it the fourth-largest jackpot in the game’s history. The winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were 19, 30, 37, 44, and 46 and the Powerball is 22. The Power Play multiplier is 2x.
With no winners, the jackpot is now officially $1.04 billion for the next drawing on Monday night, marking the fourth time ever the Powerball jackpot has reached nine digits. Three of those four occasions have happened in the last 12 months.
The last time the Powerball jackpot was won was on July 19, when it netted one ticket in California an annuity valued at $1.08 billion, the third-largest prize in the game’s history. Since then, there have been 31 drawings without a jackpot winner.
Monday’s winning ticket is worth a one-time cash payment of $478.2 million. Winners of the jackpot can choose to be paid out in 30 annual payments over a 29-year period for the full amount (each payment increases by 5% annually). Both prize amounts are before taxes are taken out.
The top 10 Powerball jackpots in the game’s history are:
- $2.04 Billion – Nov. 7, 2022
- $1.586 Billion – Jan. 13, 2016
- $1.08 Billion – July 19, 2023
- $1.04 Billion (estimated) – Oct. 2, 2023
- $768.4 Million – March 27, 2019
- $758.7 Million – Aug. 23, 2017
- $754.6 Million – Feb. 6, 2023
- $731.1 Million – Jan. 20, 2021
- $699.8 Million – Oct. 4, 2021
- $687.8 Million – Oct. 27, 2018
Of those top 10 jackpots, none have been won in Ohio.
Wednesday’s drawing saw more than 1.8 million winning tickets sold, with four matching all five white balls to win $1 million each, four tickets worth $100,000 each, and 39 tickets worth $50,000 each.
Powerball tickets cost $2 each with an optional $1 Power Play multiplier option which applies to all prizes except the jackpot.
The odds of winning a prize of any size are 1 in 24.9, while the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The odds don’t change due to the number of tickets sold but are based on the chance of someone selecting the correct combination of numbers.