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Powerball skyrockets to seventh biggest jackpot in gaming history

There were more than 1.8 million tickets that won a cash prize in Monday night’s Powerball draw, but none of them hit the jackpot. Powerball rocketed into the top 10 with Wednesday’s draw currently expected to be $610 million.

That alone is already the seventh-highest in the game’s history, and the biggest since a ticket in California hit a jackpot of $699.8 million in October 2021. In fact, that was the last time that the Powerball jackpot was won.

An increased jackpot to $610 million likely means a much larger pool of tickets sold for Wednesday’s 5/1/22 draw. This could lead to an even bigger jackpot before the 11 p.m. draw.

May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery and president of the Powerball Product Group, said those who played Monday’s game should check their tickets even if they didn’t win the grand prize.

“We are thrilled to offer players a jackpot that has reached the $600 million mark,” said Reardon. “Although no one hit the jackpot, over 1.8 million tickets won a cash prize in last night’s draw. Players should check their tickets for one of nine ways to win.”

The Powerball jackpot is seen on a sign at the Shell Gateway store on March 26, 2019 in Boynton Beach, Florida for this week’s $750 million jackpot.
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Here are the winning numbers from Monday night’s draw.

  • Top five: 02-13-32-33-48
  • Powerball: 22
  • Power play: 2x

Monday night’s 3/1/22 Powerball jackpot was worth $540 million, with a cash value option worth $384.3 million. There was no grand prize winner on Monday, but there were three tickets sold that matched the top five white balls, minus the red Powerball, for the game’s second prize. Two of those second prize tickets sold — one in Connecticut and one in Texas — are worth $1 million each. The other ticket, sold in Montana, is worth $2 million since they bought the Power Play for $1 more.

Wednesday’s $610 million prize has a cash option worth $434.2 million.

The odds of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the size of the jackpot, according to the Powerball website. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. More than half of all revenue from the sale of a Powerball ticket stays in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold.

There are nine ways to win money during Powerball. Just getting the Powerball with no other numbers wins $4, and even more if the power play is purchased for an extra dollar. The same payout goes for a ball plus the Powerball, and $7 is the payout for two correct numbers with the Powerball, or three correct numbers and no Powerball.

Powerball jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay $1-2 million with a Power Play. Tickets are $2. You can check Monday’s numbers, or all past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.

Here are the 10 best Powerball jackpots of all time

1. $1.586 billion (1/13/2016)
Winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee

2. $768.4 million (03/27/2019)
Single ticket sold in Wisconsin

3. $758.7 million (08/23/2017)
Single ticket sold in Massachusetts

4. $730 million — (01/20/2021)
Single ticket sold in Maryland

5. $699.8 million (4/10/2021)
Single ticket sold in California

6. $687.8 million (10/27/2018)
Two winning tickets were drawn, one in Iowa and one in New York

7. $610 million (current jackpot)

8. $590.5 million (05/18/2013)
Single ticket sold in Florida

9. $587.5 million (11/28/2012)
Two winning tickets were drawn, one in Missouri and one in Arizona

10. $564.1 million (2/11/2015)
Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico