The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday will be among the largest in the game’s history.
The Powerball jackpot will increase to become, at least, the ninth largest jackpot in the game’s history Wednesday after nobody picked all the winning numbers Monday night. But there are still three new millionaires.
The jackpot was $561.3 million Monday night, an increase of more than $40 million since Saturday. The winning numbers were 2, 13, 32, 33 and 48. The Powerball was 22 and the PowerPlay multiplier was 2x.
Powerball said there was a $2 million winner in Montana and $1 million winners in Connecticut and Texas.
The jackpot now goes up to an estimated $575 million Wednesday. It would be the 9th-largest all time if it stays there, but jackpots often increase dramatically due to increased ticket sales when they get this large. The lump sum payout for a jackpot winner would be $409.3 million.
The chance of winning all that money is minuscule at one in 292.2 million. The odds of winning in general are 1 in 24.9. It’s not uncommon to have months go by without a grand prize winner.
Since Aug. 23, Powerball drawings have been held three times a week to increase interest and grow prizes more quickly. Drawings are held each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern.
Powerball says it holds the world record for largest jackpot. The record $1.586 billion payout, set in 2016, was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
Here are the 10 largest Powerball payouts, according to the lottery.
- $1.586 Billion – Jan. 13, 2016
- $768.4 Million – March 27, 2019
- $758.7 Million – Aug. 23, 2017
- $731.1 Million – Jan. 20, 2021
- $699.8 Million – Oct. 4, 2021
- $687.8 Million – Oct. 27, 2018
- $590.5 Million – May 18, 2013
- $587.5 Million – Nov. 28, 2012
- $564.1 Million – Feb. 11, 2015
- $559.7 Million – Jan. 6, 2018
Powerball is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2.
The other major lottery in the U.S., Mega Millions, is up to $244 million for Tuesday’s drawing. The cash option is $172.5 million.
Chris McCrory contributed to this report.