Powerball's jackpot has surged to an estimated $400 million after the first drawing of the new year resulted in no winning ticket holders, the operator of the multistate game said on Sunday.
Powerball, played in 44 states (including California and Arizona), two U.S. territories and Washington, D.C., will hold its next drawing on Wednesday, giving players another crack at the grand prize.
The current jackpot is worth $244.8 million if a winner opts for an immediate cash payout instead of annual payments over 30 years, the Multi-State Lottery Association said on its website.
While no ticket holder had all six numbers in Saturday evening's drawing (5,6,15,29,42 and the Powerball number 10), more than 2 million ticket holders won smaller prizes totaling nearly $21 million, the non-profit association said. Five players matched five of the six numbers.
The last Powerball jackpot winner was in November when a ticket holder from Tennessee claimed a $144.1 million prize.
But that sum paled compared with the biggest Powerball jackpots of 2015 — $564.1 million in February and $310.5 million in September.
The biggest U.S. lottery jackpot was $656 million, claimed in a Mega Millions lottery drawing in March 2012. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million.
HOW SOUTHERN NEVADANS CAN PLAY
For Southern Nevada residents who want to play the Powerball lottery, the Primm Valley Lotto Store in Primm sells tickets. Also, select locations in Northern Arizona sell the tickets.
The Primm Valley Lotto Store is located 25 minutes south of Las Vegas, on the California side of the Nevada-California border at Interstate 15. It is considered the most convenient location for Southern Nevadans to buy lottery tickets.
Powerball jackpots begin at $40 million and increase by $10 million every roll. Players choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one red Powerball number from 1 to 35. Players can choose either their own numbers or a Quick Pick. Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:59 p.m. PT.