Still no real news regarding the Powerball jackpot. Last night was the 39th drawing in a row with no luck.
As of now, it still remains unclaimed after another drawing on Monday came back with no one having the winning numbers to claim the jackpot. The numbers from last night were 2, 12, 32, 33, 48, and 22. If someone had the correct numbers, they would have walked away with an estimated $575 million.
The Current Powerball Jackpot
Now, the jackpot has risen to an estimated $575 million for the drawing on Wednesday. This would make it the ninth-largest jackpot in history, according to CNN. If you want to try your luck for the next drawing, tickets cost $2 each.
The drawings for the Powerball take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. After each drawing, the jackpot grows if it isn’t claimed.
No one has claimed a Powerball jackpot since October 4. One ticket holder in California won the seventh-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history with the $699.8 million grand prize.
Winning that much money would be obviously life-changing. As the jackpot increases, people are growing more and more desperate for a winner to be named. The odds of winning, however, are about 1 in 292.2 million. It’s the luck of the draw but amplified.
So, why is it that we’ve been seeing such high jackpot numbers in recent years?
Powerball actually changed the game a bit in 2015. The odds of the game were changed in order to make it more difficult to win. This has then made the likelihood of bigger payouts more common. As the payout increases, it seems to draw more people in to test out their luck at winning life-changing amounts of money.
That also begs the question, have more people been playing the lottery? According to data from the Arizona Lottery, lottery sales totaled $185.5 million in April and May of 2019. Meanwhile, during the same time in 2020 sales increased to $222 million instead.
It seems as though the hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have led people to seek out drastic measures like possibly winning the lottery.
From a Chocolate Milk Run to Becoming a Millionaire
A chocolate milk run at 7-Eleven for his kids turned into a million-dollar decision for one man.
Dennis Willoughby from North Chesterfield, Virginia, decided to buy a scratch-off ticket when he went into the convenience store. He settled on a $1,000,000 Platinum Jackpot and ended up being a top prize winner.
He is the second player to win the top prize for the game. That also means there is one more top-prize ticket out there in the public. The father chose to have a one-time cash payment of $640,205 before taxes.