A Tennessee ticket had the winning numbers for a $421 million Powerball jackpot, officials said after November 26 draw.
The winning numbers were 17, 19, 21, 37, 44, with the Powerball 16. No one as yet had stepped forward to claim the prize.
The Powerball prize grew in size since September 17, the last time anyone matched all six numbers.
The jackpot soared from $403 million to a reported $420.9 million on November 26 due to a spate of late ticket-buying.
The prize is paid out over 30 years, with the option of a lump sum payment, which officials said would add up to about $254.7 million.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
The largest ever US lottery prize of $1.6 billion was split between three winning tickets in January.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Players can either buy $2 tickets using their own numbers or have them randomly generated by a computer.
Powerball lottery announced the six winning numbers for the record jackpot of $949.8 million on January 9.
The winning numbers were 32-16-19-57-34 and the Powerball number 13. All six numbers must be correct to win, although the first five can be in any order.
There was no winner in Saturday’s drawing as Wednesday’s jackpot is expected to hit $1.3 billion.
Since November 4, the Powerball jackpot has grown from its $40 million starting point as no one has won the jackpot. Such a huge jackpot was just what officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, hoped for last fall when they changed the odds of matching all the Powerball numbers, from about one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million. By making it harder to win a jackpot, the tougher odds made the ever-larger prizes inevitable.
The Powerball lottery jackpot climbed to $400 million after nobody picked the winning numbers in Saturday’s draw.
Dreamers hoping to strike it rich quick plunked down $2 a ticket hoping to win the previous jackpot estimated to be at $300 million – but in vain.
The winning numbers for Saturday’s drawing were 21, 24, 36, 42, and 45, with the Powerball 15.
The jackpot was well below the eye-popping record of $590.5 million, won in May by an 84-year-old Florida widow.
But it was big enough to attract casual players who only buy tickets when they think the payoff is big and potentially life-changing.
The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 175,200,000.
Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Powerball lottery jackpot climbed to $400 million after nobody picked the winning numbers
When it comes to choosing the winning combination of six numbers, some players use birthdates of family members, but nearly 80 per cent let the computer randomly pick the digits, according to ABC News.
That is the strategy that Gloria Mackenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Florida, used back in May, taking home close to $600 million – the largest prize for a sole winner in the history of U.S. lottery.
“While in line at Publix another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket,” she said in a statement, according to Florida lottery officials.
Of all the states that participate in the Powerball lottery, Indiana is the leader in the number of winners, coming in at 38, followed by Pennsylvania, Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky.
If Wednesday’s jackpot doesn’t top $400 million, a single winner choosing the cash option would collect $230.3 million before taxes.
The last time that someone won the Powerball jackpot was June 22, Newsday reported. The lucky ticket was sold in Pennsylvania, earning its holder a prize of $131 million.
The largest jackpot in U.S. history stands at $656 million. It was won in March 2012 by participants in the Mega Millions lottery from Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.