Powerball jackpot grows to $1 billion

DES MOINES, Iowa (HPD) — The Powerball jackpot keeps growing because players keep losing.

No one matched all six numbers on Saturday and won the jackpot of about $825 million. That means the next tournament, on Monday night, will have a grand prize of around $1 billion, according to a statement from Powerball.

Saturday’s winning combination was 19, 31, 40, 46 and 57 on the white balls, with 23 on the red ball.

The prize will be the second largest in US history, behind the $1.586 million jackpot won in 2016 by three Powerball winners.

Although the top figure advertised is about $1 billion, that’s what winners who choose an annual payment for 29 years receive. The winners almost always opt for the prize in effect, which in this case would be about 497.3 million dollars.

No one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing, though six tickets won $1 million by matching all five white balls, two of them in California, two in Michigan, one in Maryland and one in Texas.

It’s been almost three months since no one hits all six numbers and wins the grand prize. Thanks to the low probability of success, one in 292.2 million, there have been 37 draws in a row without a winner.

The Powerball lottery is played in 45 states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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