Powerball has a $4 prize for picking just the Powerball number correctly, while Mega Millions has a $2 prize for getting its Mega Millions number. Lottery officials also increased the jackpot of Powerball, the other national lottery game, to $570 million.
This past Wednesday night's Powerball drawing resulted in yet another failure to deem a jackpot victor but you know what that means for the next drawing on Saturday night... That would make it one of the largest lottery jackpots in US history. The victor, who will take home about $281 million in cash, has not yet been identified.
Among the local winners with the new formula were Paul and Norma Fox of Cortlandt, who won a $5 million second prize playing the Mega Millions megaplier option, and Katherine Lukin of West Nyack, who won $1 million in November.
The Powerball lottery numbers will be drawn at 9:59 p.m. on Saturday.
The back of each Powerball ticket clearly states the odds of winning the top prize.
Players have plenty of time to purchase tickets for both drawings.
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According to the WGN report, the original $460 million in prize money will grow to $550 million as the numbers 2, 18, 37, 39, and 42 no one claimed with a Powerball number of 12.
Now, before you get your hopes up, remember this. One in about 302 million.
The biggest Powerball jackpot on record was a $1.586 billion prize in January 2016.
"You never can tell which one's going to win", said Wesley Davis.
Lottery lovers say somebody has to win eventually and it might as well be them. Aid to education was $3.3 billion, down $33 million from the previous year. Jackpots have reached rare-air territory for both widely played games. Lottery earnings make up about 14 percent of New York's $23 billion school-aid pot of money.
The cash payout for the Powerball drawing would be $347.9 million.