Powerball Reaches Third Highest Value in History

With no winning tickets drawn in Monday’s Powerball lottery, the jackpot has skyrocketed to a staggering $1 billion. The drawn numbers for Monday comprised the white balls 5, 8, 9, 17, 41, and the red Powerball 21, pushing the $900 million jackpot further up.

The upcoming draw, slated for Wednesday, July 19, features the anticipated third-largest jackpot in U.S. history. Aspiring winners can accept the $1 billion prize money in yearly payments or as a one-off lump sum of $516.8 million before tax deductions.

It has been three months since Powerball last produced a jackpot winner. The lucky winner on April 19 claimed nearly $253 million, and the prize pool has been growing since then, waiting for the next winner.

Although the grand prize remains untouched, Monday’s draw did not go without winners. Winners of smaller prizes were reported across the country, with winning tickets recorded in Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas, where three lucky ticket holders bagged $2 million each.

Other notable winnings were reported in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, New York, and Pennsylvania, with five individuals walking away with $1 million each. The record-breaking Powerball jackpot happened last November, offering an eye-watering $2.04 billion prize.

To win the top prize, one has to beat the odds of approximately 1 in 292.2 million – a mechanism deliberately designed to accumulate massive jackpots. The Powerball lottery is available in 45 states, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

A total of thirty-six tickets managed to match five numbers, excluding the Powerball, winning $1 million each. These were distributed across various states, with California selling seven, New York five, Florida and Texas each selling four, Massachusetts three, Maryland and New Jersey selling two each, and Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Wisconsin, and West Virginia each selling one.

Additionally, three tickets successfully matched five numbers excluding the Powerball and included the Power Play option, which increased their winnings to $2 million. These were purchased in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

The Double Play numbers drawn were 13, 15, 28, 43, 57, and the Powerball was 25.

Despite the numerous winners, no ticket matched all six numbers, and no single ticket matched all five numbers, excluding the Powerball, to secure the $500,000 prize.

Update: One winning ticket drawn on July 19 was a match for all six numbers plus the Powerball number. The ticket was purchased at Las Palmitas Mini Market in Los Angles. 

The winning Powerball numbers were 7,10,11.13.24, and the Powerball number was 24. 

The jackpot will pay out a lump sum cash option of $558.1 million or $1.08 billion in a structured settlement over several years.