No winner of record Powerball jackpot, next draw put at $1.3 billion
LOS ANGELES – Reuters
Host Sam Arlen speaks as the winning Powerball numbers are about to be drawn at the Florida Lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida January 9, 2016. REUTERS PhotoNo one won Jan. 9’s record jackpot of nearly $950 million in the multi-state Powerball lottery, driving the haul for a winning ticket in the next draw to $1.3 billion, lottery officials said.
Millions of Americans anxiously checked their tickets for the winning combination of six numbers - 32, 16, 19, 57, 34 with a Powerball number of 13.
“No Powerball jackpot winner,” the Texas Lottery announced on Twitter hours after the numbers were drawn.
“Since nobody won tonight’s staggering $947.8 million jackpot, it has rolled to an estimated $1.3 billion for Jan. 13,” said a statement from officials in California, one of the 44 states, together with Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories that participate in Powerball.
The grand prize for Powerball has climbed steadily for weeks after repeated drawings produced no big winners. This week ticket purchases surged along with the size of the pot, driving the prize beyond the $900 million reported earlier.
The grand prize in Jan. 9’s drawing was worth $558 million for a winner choosing an immediate cash payout instead of annual payments over 29 years, according to lottery officials in California, one of the participating states.
The prize, which rises with every drawing in which the winning series of six numbers is not won, ranked as the largest jackpot for any lottery in North American history. With almost unimaginable riches at stake, many Americans who normally shun lotteries joined the long lines of people buying tickets at retail stores across the country.
The previous record North American jackpot payout for any lottery game was in March 2012, when $656 million was won in the multi-state Mega Millions draw.