Powerball: is there a jackpot limit? | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV
(NEXSTAR) – No one has matched all the winning Powerball numbers since August 3, and the jackpot has only grown over the past three months.
The grand prize for the next draw – currently estimated at $1.6 billion – is now officially the biggest jackpot in Powerball history. It is also the the biggest jackpot in the history of the lottery, surpassing a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot awarded in 2016 and a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot awarded in 2018.
It’s becoming more and more likely that someone (or a few) will end up winning the top prize in future draws, at least if Powerball players continue last week’s trend of collectively buying a greater percentage of all possible combinations of numbers.
But unless all possible combinations are printed before one of the upcoming draws, there’s always a chance no one can win – and the jackpot could still increase.
“There is no cap on the amount of the Powerball jackpot,” said a communications representative for the Multistate Lottery Commission, which facilitates on behalf of participating state lotteries. “The current jackpot will roll until someone or a group wins it,” the rep told Nexstar.
That’s not to say there haven’t been a lot of million dollar winners over the past three months. Since August 3, ‘nearly 100 players’ have matched all five white balls (but missed the Powerball), earning a $1 million salary – or a $2 million salary, if they chose to play the multiplier, according to a Powerball Press release published on Friday.
Still, the jackpot kept growing in the absence of a grand prize winner, making Saturday’s draw one of the hottest in years.
“There is a lot of anticipation and excitement ahead of Saturday’s draw,” noted Drew Svitko, president of the Powerball Product Group and executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, in the release. “We would like to remind players that it only takes one ticket to win. Please play responsibly.
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