Powerball Jackpot Reaches Estimated $1 Billion

Written By Jason Jarrett on July 18, 2023 - Last Updated on June 4, 2024
Powerball jackpot surged to $1 billion after no winner at Monday's drawing.

The Powerball jackpot keeps growing after no winning ticket was sold in Monday night’s drawing. As ticket sales surge, the jackpot is expected to reach $1 billion for Wednesday night’s drawing.

On Monday, tickets failed to match white balls 5, 8, 9, 17 and 41 and the red Powerball 21. The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is expected to be the third-largest in Powerball history and the seventh-largest jackpot in US history. The largest top prize was a $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot won last November in California.

One Texas lottery player won $2 million in Monday night’s draw after matching all five white balls with the Power Play. According to Texas Lottery officials, the winning quick-pick ticket was purchased at a convenience store in Spring.

Ticket buyers for Wednesday’s drawing have a chance at $1 billion paid out annually or a one-time lump sum payment of an estimated $517 million. The drawing will be held at 9:59 p.m. Wednesday.

How to get Powerball tickets online in Texas

While the Texas Lottery does not sell Powerball tickets online, you can get them through third-party options such as Jackpocket.

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Jackpocket is a mobile application for Android and iOS devices. A third-party app that’s not affiliated with the Texas Lottery, Jackpocket will legally purchase lottery tickets for you. Along with Powerball, users can also purchase Mega Millions tickets.

The app has partnered with three Texas-based pro sports teams – the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars – as their digital lottery courier partner.

There are other third-party options to purchase throughout the country, such as Jackpot.

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are also sold at lottery retail locations across the state.

History of large lottery payouts in the US

AMOUNTGAMEDATEWINNING STATE
1. $2.04 billionPowerballNov. 7, 2022California
2. $1.586 billionPowerballJan. 13, 2016California, Florida and Tennessee
3. $1.58 billionMega MillionsAug. 8, 2023Florida
4. $1.537 billionMega MillionsOct. 23, 2018South Carolina
5. $1.348 billionMega MillionsJan. 13, 2023Maine
6. $1.337 billionMega MillionsJuly 29, 2022Illinois
7. $1.08 billionPowerballJuly 19, 2023California
8. $1.05 billionMega MillionsJan. 22, 2021Michigan
9. $768.4 millionPowerballMarch 27, 2019Wisconsin
10. $758.7 millionPowerballAug. 23, 2017Massachusetts

Wednesday’s drawing will be the third time a Powerball jackpot has pushed past $1 billion. Along with November’s record jackpot, the Powerball top prize reached $1.586 billion in January 2016.

The upcoming drawing will also be the seventh-highest in U.S. lottery history. The Mega Millions jackpot has topped $1 billion four times: October 2018, January 2021, July 2022 and January 2023.

The last Powerball jackpot winner occurred April 19, when a ticket holder walked away with $253 million. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 292.2 million, and the overall odds of winning any Powerball prize across all tiers are close to 1 in 24.9.

The Mega Millions’ top prize has also surged in recent weeks. The game’s top prize sits at an estimated $640 million, the seventh largest in that game’s history. The next drawing for that game is Tuesday night.

 

 

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Jason is the managing editor PlayTexas.com and eight other states' websites, covering sports betting and gambling in the two states. He has more than 25 years of journalism experience, spending nearly 10 years as a senior editor at the Austin American-Statesman.

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