Powerball jackpot up to $550M after no victor Saturday

PowerBall and PowerBall Plus results, Friday, 15 March, 2019

Powerball jackpot close to $500M for Saturday's drawing

The largest Powerball jackpot this year keeps growing, as the prize has now jumped past the half-billion mark.

Powerball tickets are sold for $2 and can be purchased in 44 states and also in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. Although the odds of winning a jackpot per drawing is one in 292,201,338, people in the USA spend an average of $200 a year on lottery tickets.

No one won the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, so that rises to $45 million for Tuesday night's drawing, according to the lottery website. Charlie McIntyre, Powerball Product Group Chairman and Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery, said at the time. "Just one $2 Powerball play could be the ticket to this giant jackpot or any of the eight other price tiers".

The lottery drawings for Powerball are held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11 p.m. EST.

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Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Powerball tickets rest on a 7-Eleven store register January 9, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.

Taking the cash up front in the next drawing would get you about $335 million (before taxes), while an annuity would get you the full amount (also, before taxes) in installments across 30 years.

The last person to claim a Powerball prize was a father from Fremont, Nebraska.

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No victor means a bigger jackpot for Wednesday, so the prize will reach $550 million.

Norenberg told lottery officials he was dropping his daughter off before going to work when he stopped at the Hy-Vee Gas station in Fremont to fill up his truck and buy an energy drink.

According to a study by LendEDU, the average MA resident spends $735 annually on lottery tickets while those in Rhode Island spend $514 a year. "We are excited to announce that a single ticket sold in New Hampshire won the estimated $559.7 million jackpot!" The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million. The soon-to-be father of two also chose to buy another lottery ticket on March 8 when they were heading to Des Moines, Iowa, for his brother's wedding.

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