Powerball Jackpot Skyrockets to Over Half a Billion Dollars After Three Months Without a Winner

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After three months without any winners, the Powerball jackpot has surged to over half a billion dollars ahead of the upcoming drawing. The winning numbers for Monday's draw will be chosen around 11 p.m. EDT, and the results will be provided below. If someone wins on Monday, they stand to pocket an estimated $532 million jackpot or opt for a cash payout of $260.1 million.

Nobody has won the Powerball since January 1st, when a fortunate winner in Michigan matched the winning numbers and snagged the $842 million jackpot, making it the fifth-largest jackpot in the game's history.

Source: Twitter/California Lottery 

Powerball Jackpot winning numbers for March 11, 2024
On Monday, March 4th, the winning Powerball numbers were 16, 3, 7, 66, and 1, with a Powerball of 5. Additionally, the Power Play multiplier for the draw was 5X.

Last Night Powerball Jackpot Winner
Come back here by 7 a.m. EDT on Tuesday to see if anyone has won the jackpot, scored $2 million with Match 5 + Power Play, or won $1 million with Match 5.

How to play Powerball Jackpot?

The Powerball Jackpot ticket costs $2 each.

To play, pick five numbers ranging from 1 to 69 for the white balls, then select one number from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball.

You have the option to manually choose your preferred numbers on a play slip or allow the lottery terminal to randomly generate them for you.

Nine ways To win:

  • 5 white balls + 1 red Powerball = Grand prize.
  • 5 white balls = $1 million.
  • 4 white balls + 1 red Powerball = $50,000.
  • 4 white balls = $100.
  • 3 white balls + 1 red Powerball = $100.
  • 3 white balls = $7.
  • 2 white balls + 1 red Powerball = $7.
  • 1 white ball + 1 red Powerball = $4.
  • 1 red Powerball = $4.

Players have the opportunity to boost their winnings by two, three, four, five, or ten times through the Power Play for an extra $1 per ticket. Non-jackpot prizes can be multiplied up to ten times when the jackpot is $150 million or less.

All prizes, except for the grand prize, are fixed cash amounts. In California, prize payouts depend on sales and the number of winners.

Odds of winning the Powerball Jackpot

According to Powerball, the chances of hitting the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The odds of winning the smallest prize, which is $4 for matching just one red Powerball, are one in 38.32.

Overall, the odds of winning any prize, based on a $2 ticket, are approximately one in 24.87, rounded to two decimal places.

What are the largest Powerball jackpots ever?

  1. In November 2022, a single winning ticket in California yielded a staggering $2.04 billion.
  2. In October 2023, another solo winner in California took home $1.765 billion.
  3. In January 2016, three tickets in California, Florida, and Tennessee collectively won $1.586 billion.
  4. July 2023 saw a California ticket holder claim $1.08 billion.
  5. In January 2024, a Michigan resident secured $842.4 million with a winning ticket.

How to Buy lottery tickets?

1. Tickets for the Powerball Jackpot can be purchased at physical locations like gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, and certain airport terminals.

2. Additionally, there's an option to buy tickets online through Jackpocket, which is the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network. This service is available in specific U.S. states and territories, including Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

3. Jackpocket's online platform allows users to select their desired lottery game and numbers, place their order, view their ticket, and claim any winnings. This can all be done conveniently using a smartphone or home computer.

4. It's important to note that Jackpocket is officially endorsed as the digital lottery courier for the USA TODAY Network. Additionally, Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY, may receive compensation for referring users to Jackpocket services.

5. To use Jackpocket, individuals must meet certain age requirements, which vary by location. Generally, participants must be at least 18 years old, but in Arizona, the minimum age is 21, and in Nebraska, it's 19.

6. Jackpocket is not affiliated with any State Lottery, and users should be aware of responsible gambling practices. Assistance for gambling issues is available through various hotlines, including 1-877-8-HOPE-NY (NY), 1-800-327-5050 (MA), 1-877-MYLIMIT (OR), 1-800-981-0023 (PR), and 1-800-GAMBLER (all other areas).

7. Users should review the full terms and conditions on Jackpocket's website for complete details before using the service.

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