Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $98 Million for April 20 Drawing

The Powerball jackpot has reached an estimated $98 million, with a $45.2 million cash option, after no winners in the previous drawing. A lucky ticket in Arizona matched 5 numbers for a $1 million prize.

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Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $98 Million for April 20 Drawing

Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $98 Million for April 20 Drawing

The Powerball jackpot has risen to an estimated $98 million for the upcoming drawing on Saturday, April 20, 2024, after no one matched all six numbers in the previous drawing on Wednesday. The lump-sum cash option for the jackpot is $45.2 million after taxes.

In the Wednesday, April 17 drawing, the winning numbers were 24, 29, 44, 47, and 54, with a red Powerball of 2 and a Power Play of 2X. While there were no jackpot winners, a ticket purchased in Arizona matched five numbers for a $1 million prize.

To play Powerball, players pick six numbers - five white balls from 1 to 69 and one red Powerball from 1 to 26. Tickets cost $2 per play, and players can add the Power Play option for an additional $1 to multiply non-jackpot prizes. Drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

Why this matters: The growing Powerball jackpot generates enthusiasm among lottery players across the country. With millions of dollars at stake, a lucky winner's life could be transformed overnight.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. Despite the long odds, players continue to purchase tickets at local convenience stores, gas stations, and grocery stores, as well as online through lottery courier services like Jackpocket in select states. "The Powerball costs $2 per play, and players can choose their own numbers or let the lottery terminal pick them randomly," according to lottery officials.

If there is no jackpot winner in the April 20 drawing, the prize will continue to grow for the next drawing on Monday, April 24. The current Powerball jackpot is still far from the record $1.586 billion prize won on January 13, 2016, which was shared by winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee.

Key Takeaways

  • Powerball jackpot rises to $98M for April 20 drawing, cash option $45.2M.
  • No jackpot winner in previous drawing, but $1M prize won in Arizona.
  • Powerball tickets cost $2, with optional $1 Power Play to multiply prizes.
  • Odds of winning jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million, but enthusiasm remains high.
  • Current jackpot still far from $1.586B record set in 2016, shared by 3 winners.