Since nobody won the grand prize on Wednesday evening, Saturday’s projected Powerball prize will be $435 million, the Multi-State Lottery Association said.
The Multi-State Lottery Association manages the game in 44 states, the District of Columbia along with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
If the jackpot doesn’t increase before the 10:59 p.m. ET drawing, it will become the eighth biggest Powerball jackpot in the record of history, only $300,000 less than a pot earned in February in Indiana. The February Prize was worth $435.3 million and it was the 10th largest jackpot prize ever in the U.S. won by an anonymous inhabitant of the Lafayette, Ind.
An exact match of five numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26 are the two essential conditions for Saturday’s prize. The prize is worth $273 million in cash if its winner picks to take the whole amount of money now rather than take the money in 30 annual installments.
When you purchase a ticket, you can spend an additional dollar for a Power Play add-on which will duplicate the original prize sums for everything except the two biggies: the grand and $1 million prizes however the Power Play choice doubles the $1 million prize.
The drawing that took place on Wednesday resulted in a $2 million winner in North Carolina as well as three $1 million victors located in California, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
The Game has changed
Starting from Sept. 30, 2015, the game was altered to upsurge the number of balls drawn and the chances of winning, 9 has been the most recurrent red Powerball, that has occurred 11 times.
There was a tie between 5, 6, 10 and 25 for nine times each. As for the least frequent number: they are 14 and 26, three times each.