Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tonight's Powerball Drawing Climbs To $260 Million

No one won last Saturday night's POWERBALL jackpot, so the estimate for the Wednesday, March 20, 2013 jackpot rose to $260 million ($161.1 million cash value).
When is tonight's Powerball drawing? The quarter-billion dollar Powerball drawing will take place at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time  /  9:59 p.m. Central Time  /  7:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
The most recent Powerball winning numbers can be viewed here

On Saturday, there were two power play winners in Colorado and Illinois who matched 5 of 5 numbers for $2 million.  There were also winners from 8 states who matched 5 of 5 numbers to win $1 million.  Those winners were from Arizona, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The overall odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.  

POWERBALL jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. Jackpot prizes must be claimed within the first 60 days after the winning draw to receive the cash option of $161.1 million. Winners have 180 days from the applicable drawing to claim their prize.

Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, Florida has had the strongest POWERBALL and Power Play sales of any U.S. lottery, exceeding more than $1.8 billion and yielding $756 million in education funding to date.  Additionally, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation, winning more than $719 million in prizes, including five jackpot winners.