Powerball Jackpot Leaps Over Half-Billion Dollar Mark

News Release, Powerball

Lottery players searching for some extra green this St. Patrick’s Day should check out Wednesday’s Powerball® jackpot. The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is an estimated $550 million – the 8th largest Powerball jackpot on record. The cash option is an estimated $335 million.

“Spring is rolling in and the Powerball jackpot is growing,” said David Barden, Powerball Product Group Chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO. “The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, March 20 is an impressive $550 million. Be sure to get your ticket, but please play responsibly.”

The jackpot leaped over the half-billion dollar mark after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night. The winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were white balls 30, 34, 39, 53, 67, plus Powerball 11, and Power Play multiplier 2X.

Participating lotteries are reminding players to check their tickets for one of the nine ways to win. In Saturday’s drawing alone, 44 tickets matched four white balls and the red Powerball to win a $50,000 prize. Those winning tickets were sold in 24 different jurisdictions.

Other big winners include two tickets that won a $1 million prize by matching all five white balls. The $1 million-winning tickets were sold in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. One ticket in North Dakota doubled the prize to $2 million by including the Power Play® option for an additional $1. In total, there were more than 1.9 million winning tickets across all prize tiers.

The Powerball jackpot was last hit in New York in the December 26 drawing. Since then, there have been 23 drawings in a row without a jackpot winner.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes with the Power Play® option for an additional $1 per play. Tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

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