Powerball jackpot rises to $825 million for Saturday’s draw


Powerball officials have increased the estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s draw to $825 million. The game’s second-biggest prize in its history was raised due to strong ticket sales, officials said in a statement.

The winning numbers on Saturday were 19, 31, 40, 46, 57 and a Powerball of 23. It was still unclear whether any winning tickets had been sold.

The jackpot has gone up after no one matches all six numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.

If someone hits the jackpot on Saturday, they could choose to receive their millions spread over 29 years or make a one-time cash payout, estimated at more than $410 million.

The odds of winning it all are 1 in 292.2 million. No one has won the jackpot since August 3.

The growing jackpot got people thinking about what they would do if they won. Before Wednesday Night Drawing, Jane DeRusha told CBS Minnesota she would likely donate some of her winnings to help homeless people in her state and Floridians who are still recovering from Hurricane Ian.

“It’s always a mess out there,” she said.

In Southern California, a man who goes by one name, Cardea, told CBS Los Angeles he would buy his own music studio.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Gabriel Benda said he would distribute the wealth among those close to him.

“I’m going to split half with my brother,” Benda told CBS Bay Area, “and also help my family — help my mom, help my dad, help the business — and then save the rest.”

In July, one winning ticket for a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot was sold in Illinois, marking the third-biggest lottery prize ever. The two people who bought the ticket did not show up to claim the winnings until September. They elected to receive a lump sum payment of $780.5 million.

Biggest lottery prize ever was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016. Three winning tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee.


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