How Does a $1B Powerball Prize Sound?

Because that's the updated estimate for Monday's drawing after no one won on Saturday
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2022 10:10 AM CDT
How Does a $1B Powerball Prize Sound?
Cards used to purchase lottery tickets are seen on a counter at a market in Prospect, Pa., on Friday.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

If you thought you'd be hurling virtual daggers at some lucky stranger who won the $825 million Powerball drawing held over the weekend, put them away until at least Tuesday morning. That's because no one won the Saturday jackpot, meaning the kitty for Monday night's drawing has now jumped to an estimated $1 billion, reports CNBC. The value if you take it all at once in cash, instead of annuitizing it: $497.3 million, per a Powerball release. If someone lands on all six numbers, they'll win the second-largest Powerball prize in history, behind only the $1.586 billion that three people won in 2016.

A Monday winner would also claim the fifth-largest lottery jackpot overall in US history. The odds of winning are 1 in 292 million. If you do happen to claim a winning ticket on Monday night, the New York Times offers some advice, including remaining anonymous if it's legal to do so in your state. Meanwhile, don't throw out your tickets from Saturday's drawing if you haven't yet matched up your numbers with the winning ones (white balls 19, 31, 40, 46, and 57, and a red Powerball of 23): CNBC notes that more than 3.8 million tickets still managed to scoop up cash prizes totaling upward of $38 million, including six tickets that won $1 million for matching five of the balls. (More Powerball stories.)

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