Someone won the $393 million Mega Millions jackpot last week in Palos Heights, Illinois. Now, can anyone win Powerball, with a mind-boggling $430 million jackpot at stake?
No one has won the jackpot prize in Powerball, which bills itself as “America’s Game,” since June 10 — when the then-$447 million jackpot went to a ticket holder who had made the winning purchase in Menifee, California.
What are the chances you’ll be the winning ticket holder in the next drawing, which takes place Wednesday night?
The bad news is that the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292 million — compared with the odds of one in 252 million for Mega Millions.
On the bright side, there were 2,135,508 winners in the last Powerball drawing on Saturday, and they will be taking home a combined $19,405,559 in prize money. That ranges from $4 winners to the $1 million consolation prize, which is awarded for hitting five numbers without having the all-important red Powerball.
One of the five $1 million consolation winning tickets for the Saturday drawing was sold in Westchester.
Three New York residents matched four of the five white balls drawn — and the red Powerball — winning $50,000.
Powerball winners are selected by drawing five white balls ranging from 1 to 69 out of a drum, then selecting one of 26 red Powerballs from another drum. Get all five numbers plus the Powerball, and you win the jackpot prize. Powerball tickets cost $2 each, compared with Mega Millions tickets, which cost $1 each.
The winning numbers for the last Powerball drawing were 20-24-26-35-49 and 19.
The winning numbers for the winning Mega Millions jackpot selected last Friday were 23-33-53-56-58 and 6.