No winner, again: Powerball rises to $1.2 billion
((AP) – There were no big treats in the Powerball draw on Halloween night because none of the tickets sold matched all six numbers.
The lack of a winner means the next draw on Wednesday night will be for a whopping $1.2 billion jackpot.
The winning numbers drawn on Monday were: the white balls 13, 19, 36, 39, 59 and the red ball 13.
The increased jackpot will be the 4th largest in US history. The biggest prize was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won by three ticket holders in 2016.
Massive lottery jackpots have become more common in recent years as lottery officials have adjusted game rules and ticket prices to increase top prizes. The most recent change came in August when Powerball officials added an extra draw day – going from two per week to three – to create bigger prizes and boost sales.
Although the top prize announced Wednesday is estimated at $1.2 billion, it is for winners who receive their winnings via an annuity paid over 29 years. Winners almost always opt for cash, which for Wednesday night’s draw will be estimated at $596 million.
No one has hit all six numbers since August 3, meaning there have now been 38 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner, which speaks to how slim the odds of winning the jackpot are: 1 in 292.2 million .
Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.