Powerball $1.6 Billion Jackpot is world’s largest lotto prize ever

Saturday’s estimated jackpot has surpassed the world record amount previously set by Powerball in 2016, when tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee won a $1.586 billion jackpot.

“This Powerball game is delivering exactly what our players want,” said Drew Svitko. “We are witnessing history in the making with this $1.6 billion jackpot! What’s also exciting is that this run has already created millions of winners, including nearly 100 players who have won prizes worth $1 million or more.”

The next Powerball drawing will take place at the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee tonight at 10:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Ticket sale cut-off times vary by jurisdiction, but typically occur 1-2 hours before the scheduled drawing.

“There’s a lot of anticipation and excitement leading up to Saturday’s drawing,” noted Svitko. “We would like to remind players that it only takes one ticket to win. Please, play responsibly.”

Saturday’s drawing will be the 40th Powerball drawing since the jackpot was last won on August 3 in Pennsylvania.

If no one wins the jackpot in today’s drawing, it will tie the game record for the number of consecutive drawings without a grand prize winner.

The longest jackpot run in Powerball history ended on Oct. 4, 2021, when a ticket in California won a $699.8 million jackpot on the 41st drawing.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than half of all proceeds from the sale of a Powerball ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold.

Powerball drawings are broadcast live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET from the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee.

Jackpot winners may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment.

Both advertised prize options are prior to federal and jurisdictional taxes.

The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

Top 10 Powerball Jackpots

  1. $1.6 Billion (est.) – Nov. 5, 2022
  2. $1.586 Billion – Jan. 13, 2016 – CA, FL, TN
  3. $768.4 Million – March 27, 2019 – WI
  4. $758.7 Million – Aug. 23, 2017 – MA
  5. $731.1 Million – Jan. 20, 2021 – MD
  6. $699.8 Million – Oct. 4, 2021 – CA
  7. $687.8 Million – Oct. 27, 2018 – IA, NY
  8. $632.6 Million – Jan. 5, 2022 – CA, WI
  9. $590.5 Million – May 18, 2013 – FL
  10. $587.5 Million – Nov. 28, 2012 – AZ, MO

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