Powerball jackpot for Saturday night's drawing hits $875 million, third-largest prize ever

Doc Louallen

The Powerball jackpot topped $875 million ahead of Saturday night's drawing, the third-highest jackpot in the game's history, according to Powerball.

The jackpot grew after there was no big winner in Wednesday night's drawing. The Powerball drawing Saturday night is scheduled for about 11 p.m. ET.

If someone wins Saturday night and takes the cash option, they will win about $452 million.

Here's a look at the results from the previous drawing.

Was there a Powerball winner on Wednesday night?

No one matched all six winning numbers to win the $750 million jackpot Wednesday night. Two Powerball players, one in Florida, the other in Indiana, won $1 million prizes by matching all five white balls on Wednesday.

However, one winner in Iowa won $2 million on Monday when her easy-pick ticket came just one number away from netting the near-record jackpot.

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The winning numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 23, 35, 45, 66, 67, and the Powerball was 20. The Power Play was 2X.

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Before the next Powerball drawing, it's important to be aware of the following information.

What are the odds of winning the Powerball?

It's understandable that some lottery players are enticed by the whopping $875 million jackpot, but it's essential to keep in mind that the chances of winning Powerball's top prize are exceedingly slim.

  • The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 292.2 million.
  • The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize (across all tiers) are about 1 in 24.9.  

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How to play Powerball

To participate in the Powerball game, players can purchase a ticket for $2 per play. The game requires players to choose five numbers from one to 69 for the white balls, and one number from one to 26 for the red Powerball. Alternatively, players can opt to receive random numbers.

In order to win the jackpot, it is necessary to match the numbers for all of the five white balls and the red Powerball.

In addition to the grand prize, Powerball offers eight other ways to win based on the number of matched balls in the non-jackpot tiers.

The non-jackpot prizes offered range from $4 to $1 million. By paying an additional $1, you can choose to participate in "Powerplay" that increases non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times.

According to Powerball, the 10X Powerplay option is exclusively applicable to jackpots worth $150 million or less. Additionally, the game's "Match 5" prize for the second-tier is limited to a maximum of $2 million if the Powerplay feature is utilized.

An additional add-on feature called "Double Play," which gives players another chance to match their numbers after each Powerball drawing, is available in some jurisdictions for $1 per play.

Largest lottery prizes in US history

  1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: Won in California.
  2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee.
  3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina.
  4. $1.348 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023: Won in Maine. 
  5. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Won in Illinois.
  6. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan.
  7. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin.
  8. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts.
  9. $730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland.
  10. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California.