DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A lottery official says the estimated prize for this weekend’s Powerball drawing is the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.
Texas Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Cripe says Saturday’s drawing will be worth about $700 million. That’s because no one matched the numbers drawn for Wednesday night’s estimated $500 million jackpot.
Wednesday’s numbers were 2, 11, 47, 62 and 63, and the Powerball was 17.
The previous record was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won in March 2012.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The following is a press release from the Tennessee Lottery:
Powerball jackpot now $700 million for Saturday night’s drawing
Largest Jackpot in U.S. History; $1 Million Winning Ticket Sold in Chattanooga
NASHVILLE—Last night’s Powerball drawing produced an incredible 142,991 winning tickets in Tennessee, including a $1 million winner in Chattanooga, and a record $675 million jackpot that has now been increased to an astounding $700 million for Saturday night’s drawing.
Bustling sales amid growing jackpot fever have helped push the jackpot for the popular game to a new record for Powerball and the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.
“Players around the country have joined the excitement for a chance to win such an incredible prize, but remember to play responsibly; it only takes one ticket to win,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. Also remember to sign your ticket immediately after purchase. Tickets must be purchased no later than Saturday 8:59 p.m. CT/9:59 p.m. ET for Saturday’s record drawing.
Besides the jackpot, there are eight other prize levels that players can win with prizes ranging from $4 up to $2 million. With the TN Lottery Mobile app and in-store ticket checkers, players can easily check their tickets to see if they have won a prize.
Powerball is a popular drawing-style lottery game played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To play Powerball just select any five numbers from 1 to 69 and one POWERBALL number from 1 to 26, or choose Quick Pick (QP) and let the computer randomly pick any or all of your numbers. Overall odds to win a prize are 1 in 24.9. Odds to win the jackpot are approximately 1 in 292 million.
Powerball drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights. Please note that broadcast times on any of the Lottery’s partner television networks may vary.