Odds of winning the Powerball and Mega Millions are NOT in your favor
Odds of hitting the jackpot in Mega Millions or Powerball are around 1-in-292 million. Here are things that you’re more likely to land than big bucks.
Scott L. Hall, USA TODAY
- No one matched all six numbers to win the estimated $653 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday night.
- The lottery game’s top prize has now climbed to an estimated $700 million, with a cash option of $375.7 million, ahead of the next drawing on Saturday.
- If someone wins the estimated $700 million prize, it would be the sixth largest Powerball jackpot in the lottery game’s history.
After no big winner Wednesday night, the Powerball jackpot has grown once again.
The lottery game’s top prize has now climbed to an estimated $700 million, with a cash option of $375.7 million, ahead of the next drawing on Saturday. No one has won the Powerball jackpot since Nov. 19, causing the grand prize to grow bigger and bigger in recent months.
The chances of winning a Powerball jackpot are extremely slim, with odds standing at about 1 in 292.2 million.
If someone finally wins the jackpot on Saturday, the estimated $700 million would be the sixth largest prize in Powerball’s history. The $700 million prize would only be distributed if a winner selects an annuity option paid gradually over 29 years. Most jackpot winners opt for the cash option – and the final amount taken home depends on state and federal taxes.
How much will a lottery winner get after taxes? Jackpot shrinks quite a bit.
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Here are Wednesday’s winning numbers.
Powerball winning numbers: 2/1/23
The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing are 31, 43, 58, 59, 66, and the Powerball is 9. The Power Play was 2X.
Double Play numbers are 4, 23, 39, 57, 63, and the Powerball is 26.
Did anyone win the Powerball jackpot last night, Feb. 1, 2023?
No one matched all six numbers to win the estimated $653 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday night.
Two tickets matched all five numbers except for the Powerball, worth $1 million. One ticket was purchased in Florida and the other was bought in North Carolina.
One ticket sold in New York matched all five numbers except for the Powerball and added the Power Play, worth $2 million.
What are my chances of winning Powerball?
While many lottery players may be tempted by a gigantic jackpot, it’s important to note that the odds of winning Powerball’s grand prize are incredibly 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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What states play Powerball?
Powerball can be played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
How do I play Powerball?
Powerball tickets cost $2 per play. To enter the game, players select (or opt to randomly receive) five numbers from one to 69 for the white balls, and one number from one to 26 for the red Powerball.
To win the jackpot, you need to match the numbers for all five white balls and the red Powerball.
Aside from the grand prize, depending on how many balls are matched, there are eight additional ways you can win a Powerball prize across the game’s non-jackpot tiers.
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Non-jackpot prizes start at $4 and go up to $1 million. For an extra $1, you can opt into “Powerplay” – which multiplies non-jackpot winning prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10.
The 10X Powerplay is only available when the jackpot is $150 million or less, Powerball notes. The game’s second-tier “Match 5” prize is capped at $2 million for the Powerplay.
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.
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Largest lottery prizes in US history
- $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: Won in California.
- $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee.
- $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina.
- $1.348 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023: Won in Maine.
- $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Won in Illinois.
- $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan.
- $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin.
- $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts.
- $730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland.
- $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California.
Highest jackpots in Powerball history
Here are the largest jackpots that Powerball has ever seen, according to the lottery game.
- $2.04 billion — Nov. 7, 2022; California.
- $1.586 billion — Jan. 13, 2016; California, Florida, Tennessee.
- $768.4 million — Mar. 27, 2019; Wisconsin.
- $758.7 million — Aug. 23, 2017; Massachusetts.
- $731.1 million — Jan. 20, 2021; Maryland.
- $700 million (estimated) – Feb. 4, 2023 (Active)
- $699.8 million — Oct. 4, 2021; California.
- $687.8 million — Oct. 27, 2018; Iowa, New York.
- $632.6 million — Jan. 5, 2022; California, Wisconsin.
- $590.5 million — May 18, 2013; Florida.
Contributing: Chris Sims and Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star. The Associated Press.