No winning Powerball tickets sold; jackpot hits $1.3 billion
The Powerball jackpot has topped $1.3 billion.
The winning numbers for the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history were drawn Saturday evening, but officials said there was no winner in the $949.8-million Powerball drawing. The jackpot rises to $1.3 billion for the next drawing, on Wednesday.
The numbers were: 16, 19, 32, 34, 57 and the Powerball number, 13.
Lotto fever has gripped the country for the last several days, sending players in swarms to ticket vendors that they deem lucky.
Ticket sales nationally shot the prize up by more than $49.8 million on Saturday alone.
FOR THE RECORD, 8 p.m. Jan. 10: A previous version of this article said the jackpot rose to $1.38 billion. It rose to $1.3 billion.
California officials said that six tickets purchased in the state matched five of the six winning numbers, entitling their holders to smaller but still substantial prize money, officials said.
In California, about 80 cents of every $2 ticket sold goes toward education.
Nationwide, more than $1 billion in Powerball tickets were sold, lottery officials said.
The Powerball game is played in 44 states and three U.S. territories.
To win, a participant must match five numbers between 1 and 69 and a sixth number between 1 and 26 that is drawn separately. The odds of this happening are 1 in 292.2 million.
If someone did hit the right combination for the $949-million jackpot on Saturday, they would have the option of taking a lump sum payment of $588.8 million.
Alicia Rainey shows off the Powerball ticket she purchased in Dallas.
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Customers wait in line at the Blue Bird Liquor Store in Hawthorne, Calif., to buy Powerball tickets.
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Two customers show off their Powerball tickets Saturday at a 7-Eleven in Chicago.
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People line up to buy Powerball tickets Saturday at Kavanagh Liquors in San Lorenzo, Calif.
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Jennifer Rawashdeh tends to Alex Cage at the Eagle Market store in Sherman Oaks as he buys Powerball tickets Saturday.
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Jessie Mercado of Lincoln, Neb., displays the numbers he wrote on a paper napkin, which he hoped would win the Powerball jackpot.
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The largest previous Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million, won when a single ticket purchased in Florida matched all six numbers in 2013.
The country’s largest previous lottery jackpot came about a year earlier, when the owners of three tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland split a $656-million Mega Millions jackpot.
At the end of a nearly 30-person line at the Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne, Mark Willis clutched his blue lottery ticket holder.
Inside the holder’s pockets, atop his lottery tickets, he had photos and crinkled newspaper clippings of his dream purchases: a Bentley, a Rolex, a Gulfstream IV jet (he’d name it “Angel”) and a beachfront mansion.
“That’s a lot of money,” the Leimert Park video producer said Friday of what was then an $800-million jackpot. “You could have your whole life changed.”
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