The US Powerball jackpot has been growing – 40 draws coming and going – with no grand prize winner for months.
he estimated prize for Monday night’s drawing was $685m (€591m), the eighth-largest in US lottery history and sixth-largest for the Powerball game.
It was not clear if a ticket with the winning combination had been issued.
“A jackpot of this magnitude doesn’t happen very often, and when it does we see an influx of new players to the game, which drives the jackpot even higher,” May Scheve Reardon, chair of Powerball Product Group, said.
While there was no sign of a big winner, more than 2.8 million tickets netted prizes ranging from $4 to $1m.
One ticket sold in Massachusetts matched all five white balls; 66 others matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000 (€43,000).
Saturday’s grand prize of $635m (€548m) would have been the 10th-largest US lottery jackpot.
Before Monday’s draw, the Powerball jackpot was most recently hit on June 5, when someone in Florida bought a ticket worth $285.6m (€246m).
The 40 subsequent draws without a grand-prize winner mark a record streak for the game, lottery officials said.
Since August 23, Powerball has been offering a third weekly draw to increase jackpots more quickly.
Tickets are sold for $2 per play in 45 states.
Prizes in eye-popping amounts often draw a rush of “jackpot chasers” – infrequent players who snatch up tickets on a whim, figuring, “Why not?”
The amount then balloons.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are extremely low, at 292.2 million to one. (©Washington Post)
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