Powerball goes up to $1.04 billion after no winner in 30 months

Powerball goes up to $1.04 billion after no winner in 30 months

The Powerball jackpot went up to $1.04 billion after no players hit it big Saturday night, a stretch of lottery futility lasting for more than two months.

The numbers were : 31, 30, 37, 44, 46 and the red Powerball 22.

The next drawing will be the world's ninth-largest lottery jackpot, the ninth-largest lottery prize in the history of the world.

The $1.04 billion jackpot is for a sole winner who chooses to pay through an annuity, done out over 30 years, for a single winner. Prize winners almost always take the cash option, which for Monday's drawing would be an estimated $478.2 million.

The winnings would be subject to federal taxes, while many states also tax lottery prizes.

The jackpot has grown so large that there have been 30 consecutive drawings without a big winner since July 19 through to July 31, all without a big winner. Powerball's terrible odds of 1 in 292.2 million are designed to generate big jackpots, with winners rising more frequently as they roll over when no one wins.

A California player hit a $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot in November 2022.

In most states, a Powerball ticket costs $2, and players can select their own numbers or leave that task to a computer.

Powerball is played in 45 states, including Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.