March 28, 2024

The Powerball Jackpot Soars to $865 Million: What You Need to Know

Clara Williams
Written byClara WilliamsWriter
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Key Takeaways:

The Powerball Jackpot Soars to $865 Million: What You Need to Know
  • The Powerball jackpot has reached an eye-watering $865 million after no winners emerged in the recent draw.
  • This surge follows 36 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner, a streak that began after a win in Michigan on New Year's Day.
  • Participants have the option of a lump-sum payment, which would net them $416.1 million after taxes.

The anticipation is palpable as the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's draw has ballooned to a staggering $865 million. This development comes after a series of draws—36 to be exact—failed to produce a jackpot winner. The last time the Powerball gods smiled down was in Michigan on New Year's Day, blessing one lucky ticket holder with $842.4 million.

With no winners in Monday's draw, the jackpot has now reached a sum that's hard to fathom. As the numbers rolled out just after 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, lottery enthusiasts held their breath, hoping to see their numbers flash on the screen.

Wednesday, March 27 Drawing:

  • Stay tuned for the winning numbers from the 11 p.m. ET drawing on March 27.

For those lucky enough to strike it rich in Wednesday's drawing and opt for the lump-sum payment, a cool $416.1 million awaits after taxes, as per the lottery's calculations.

How to Play: Buying a $2 Powerball ticket is your ticket to this dream. These are available at local convenience stores, gas stations, or grocery stores. In select states, online purchases are also an option.

To play, select six numbers—five white balls ranging from 1 to 69 and one red Powerball between 1 and 26. For those aiming higher, adding a “Power Play” for $1 could multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times.

If decision-making isn't your strong suit, opt for a "Quick Pick" and let the computer choose your fate with randomly generated numbers.

Draws happen thrice a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights. If the jackpot isn't claimed, it grows, making the next draw even more exciting.

Where to Buy: Tickets are available in person across various locations, including gas stations and grocery stores. In certain U.S. states and territories, Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, offers a convenient online purchasing option.

Jackpocket is revolutionizing how we play the lottery, making it possible to select numbers, place orders, and even collect winnings from the comfort of your home.

As the Powerball jackpot reaches new heights, the dream of instant wealth has never been more tantalizing. Remember, though, it's all in good fun. Play responsibly, and who knows? The next draw could have your name written all over it.

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Clara Williams
Clara Williams

Clara "LottoLore" Williams, a Kiwi with a zest for numbers and narratives, dives deep into the thrilling world of lotteries. As a leading writer for LottoRank, her pieces resonate with enthusiasts, offering a harmonious blend of data, history, and human interest.

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