|The US Powerball jackpot has grown to its largest size ever – $51 million is your lucky number this Wednesday.|
Around 15 million tickets are expected to be purchased. 14.4 million tickets were purchased in the 23 States that play Powerball between Thursday and Saturday night.
This current jackpot run started with the Wednesday, September 18 drawing. The drawing on Saturday night was the 8th consecutive draw without being hit.
However officials point out that more than 2.3 million Powerball players across the nation have won prizes since this jackpot run started in mid-September. They advise that players should carefully check their tickets after every draw. Even if there are no jackpot winners there are always tens of thousands of winners at other prize levels.
There were no jackpot winners Saturday but 336,178 players across the nation won a total of more than $3.4 million in prizes.
The numbers drawn were: 23, 26, 46, 49, 52, and the Powerball was 28. The Power Play multiplier was 5.
Three players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The winning tickets were sold in Minnesota, South Carolina, and West Virginia. The winning players from Minnesota and South Carolina purchased the Power Play option. By spending the extra dollar, those players multiplied their prize by 5 for a total win of $500,000!
Twenty-two players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Three of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $25,000.
More than 38,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5 Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night's multiplier.