The Powerball jackpot continues to climb as we approach the New Year! The jackpot is an estimated $363 million ($279.2 million cash value) for the Wednesday, December 30 drawing. This is the highest the Powerball jackpot has been since January when a $396.9 million jackpot was won in Florida.
There were a lot of big winners in the December 26 drawing, including five tickets that matched all five white balls. Three of those tickets (sold in Florida, North Carolina, and Texas) won $1 million prizes. Two other tickets (sold in Kentucky and Texas) doubled the $1 million prize to $2 million by including the Power Play option for an additional $1. In total, more than 942-thousand tickets won prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million in the December 26 drawing.
The Powerball jackpot was last hit in New York in the September 16 drawing. Since then, there have been 29 drawings in a row without a Grand Prize winner. Wednesdays’ drawing will be the 30th draw in the jackpot run. Since the Powerball jackpot was last hit, there have been more than 17 million winning tickets across all prize tiers, including 28 tickets that have won $1 million or more.
So far, 2020 has produced 7 Powerball jackpot-winning tickets:
Jan. 29, 2020 - $396.9 million – Florida
Feb. 12, 2020 - $70 million – Michigan
April 8, 2020 - $190 million – New Jersey
June 3, 2020 - $136.4 million – West Virginia
June 10, 2020 - $22 million – Wisconsin
Aug. 12, 2020 - $168.5 million – Florida
Sept. 16, 2020 - $94.8 million – New York
It’s America’s Game! Since its first drawing in 1992, POWERBALL® has inspired the country with a chance to become a millionaire, while raising $25 billion for good causes supported by lotteries. POWERBALL set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016. The record prize was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee. POWERBALL tickets are $2 per play. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET. More than half of all proceeds from the sale of a POWERBALL ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold.