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$330 MILLION: Powerball jackpot quickly ramping up

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Saturday jackpot enters top 25

By Todd Northrop

Powerball is on a roll.  For the 5th time in the past year, a Powerball jackpot run-up has crossed the threshold to the top 25 jackpots of all time.

The new high-water mark of $330 million for the current Powerball jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night's $286.1 million grand prize.

The lump-sum cash payout value of Saturday's Powerball jackpot is $189 million.  After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state on the Jackpot Analysis page at USA Mega, a web site devoted to the Powerball and Mega Millions multi-state lottery games.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever awarded was on May 18, 2013, when Gloria C. MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida, held the solitary winning ticket for a grand prize worth nearly $600 million (see Winner of record $590.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot announced, Lottery Post, June 5, 2013).

Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs.  For example, the original estimate for Wednesday's drawing was $284 million, but by the time all the proceeds were counted just before draw-time, the jackpot had swelled to $286.1 million.

The mammoth prize is the result of 14 consecutive draws without a winner.  The run-up started as a $40 million prize on Dec. 28, 2013.

The winning numbers for Wednesday, February 12, 2014 were 36, 44, 49, 52, and 57, with Powerball number 1.  The Power Play number was 2.

Even though nobody won the jackpot Wednesday, 8 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from California, 1 from Florida, 1 from Idaho, 1 from Michigan, 1 from New York, 2 from Pennsylvania, and 1 from West Virginia.

The California second-prize winner will be awarded $723,452, because California does not award fixed prizes. By law, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.  Because there was only one second-prize winner in California, that one ticket will take home the entire pool of money allocated for second prize.

None of the second-prize tickets was purchased with the Power Play option.  If a second-prize ticket were purchased with the Power Play option, the prize would automatically be doubled to $2 million.  Power Play is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered in Power Play is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts.

42 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000.  Of those tickets, 3 were purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $20,000, and 7 of the tickets were sold in California, where the prize was worth $8,207 this drawing.

Following the Wednesday drawing, the Powerball annuity jackpot estimate was raised $43.9 million from its previous amount of $286.1 million. The cash value was raised by $25.1 million from its previous amount of $163.9 million.

The next Powerball drawing will take place Saturday night at 10:59 pm Eastern Time.

When a Powerball ticket is purchased with the Power Play option for an extra $1 per ticket, any non-jackpot prize is increased according to a fixed prize schedule, which can be found on the Powerball Drawing Detail page at USA Mega, as well as on the Powerball Prize Payouts page at Lottery Post.

Powerball is now played in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  Tickets cost $2 each.

A 44th Powerball state will be added later this year, as the state of Wyoming has approved a new state lottery with the intention of joining Powerball and other multi-state lottery games.  (See Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lotteryLottery Post, Mar. 14, 2013.)

Powerball lottery results are published within minutes of the drawing at USA Mega (www.usamega.com).  The USA Mega Web site provides lottery players in-depth information about the United States's two biggest multi-state lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball.

Top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time

Saturday's Powerball jackpot currently stands tied for the 17th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States.  That position may rise before the drawing Saturday night, as lotteries are typically conservative in their initial estimates, and brisk sales may push the jackpot estimate higher by draw time.

If nobody wins Saturday, it's anyone's guess how high it will go.

  1. Mega Millions: $656 million, Mar. 30, 2012 - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  2. Mega Millions: $648 million, Dec. 17, 2013 - California, Georgia
  3. Powerball: $590.5 million, May 18, 2013 - Florida
  4. Powerball: $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012 - Arizona, Missouri
  5. Powerball: $448.4 million, Aug. 7, 2013 - Minnesota, New Jersey (2)
  6. Powerball: $399.4 million, Sep. 18, 2013 - South Carolina
  7. Mega Millions: $390 million, Mar. 6, 2007 - Georgia, New Jersey
  8. Mega Millions: $380 million, Jan. 4, 2011 - Idaho, Washington
  9. Powerball: $365 million, Feb. 18, 2006 - Nebraska
  10. The Big Game: $363 million, May 9, 2000 - Illinois, Michigan
  11. Powerball: $340 million, Oct. 19, 2005 - Oregon
  12. Powerball: $338.3 million, Mar. 23, 2013 - New Jersey
  13. Powerball: $337 million, Aug. 15, 2012 - Michigan
  14. Powerball: $336.4 million, Feb. 11, 2012 - Rhode Island
  15. Mega Millions: $336 million, Aug. 28, 2009 - California, New York
  16. The Big Game: $331 million, Apr. 16, 2002 - Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey
  17. Powerball: $330 million, Feb. 15, 2014 - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  18. Mega Millions: $330 million, Aug. 31, 2007 - Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
  19. Mega Millions: $319 million, Mar. 25, 2011 - New York
  20. Mega Millions: $315 million, Nov. 15, 2005 - California
  21. Powerball: $314.9 million, Dec. 25, 2002 - West Virgina
  22. Powerball: $314.3 million, Aug. 25, 2007 - Indiana
  23. Powerball: $295.7 million, Jul. 29, 1998 - Indiana
  24. Powerball: $295 million, Aug. 25, 2001 - Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire
  25. Mega Millions: $294 million, Jul. 2, 2004 - Massachusetts

For those keeping score, the number of jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:

  • Powerball: 14
  • Mega Millions: 9
  • The Big Game: 2

The Big Game is the original name of Mega Millions, from the game's first drawing on Sep. 6, 1996 through May 14, 2002.  The name was changed to Mega Millions starting with the May 17, 2002 drawing.

Top 25 cash value jackpots

Since many lottery winners collect their winnings in cash, the lump-sum payout is an important measure of what a winning ticket could be worth.

Looking at the cash value, the upcoming Powerball jackpot ranks as the 15th-largest cash value in U.S. history.

  1. Mega Millions: $471 million cash, Mar. 30, 2012 ($656 million annuity) - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  2. Powerball: $384.7 million cash, Nov. 28, 2012 ($587.5 million annuity) - Arizona, Missouri
  3. Powerball: $370.9 million cash, May 18, 2013 ($590.5 million annuity) - Florida
  4. Mega Millions: $347.6 million cash, Dec. 17, 2013 ($648 million annuity) - California, Georgia
  5. Powerball: $258.2 million cash, Aug. 7, 2013 ($448.4 million annuity) - Minnesota, New Jersey (2)
  6. Mega Millions: $240 million cash, Jan. 4, 2011 ($380 million annuity) - Idaho, Washington
  7. Mega Millions: $233.1 million cash, Mar. 6, 2007 ($390 million annuity) - Georgia, New Jersey
  8. Powerball: $224.7 million cash, Aug. 15, 2012 ($337 million annuity) - Michigan
  9. Powerball: $223.3 million cash, Sep. 18, 2013 ($399.4 million annuity) - South Carolina
  10. Mega Millions: $214 million cash, Aug. 28, 2009 ($336 million annuity) - California, New York
  11. Powerball: $211 million cash, Mar. 23, 2013 ($338.3 million annuity) - New Jersey
  12. Powerball: $210 million cash, Feb. 11, 2012 ($336.4 million annuity) - Rhode Island
  13. Mega Millions: $202.9 million cash, Mar. 25, 2011 ($319 million annuity) - New York
  14. Mega Millions: $194.4. million cash, Aug. 31, 2007 ($330 million annuity) - Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
  15. Powerball: $189 million cash, Feb. 15, 2014 ($330 million annuity) - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  16. Mega Millions: $185 million cash, Nov. 15, 2005 ($315 million annuity) - California
  17. The Big Game: $180 million cash, May 9, 2000 ($363 million annuity) - Illinois, Michigan
  18. Powerball: $177.3 million cash, Feb. 18, 2006 ($365 million annuity) - Nebraska
  19. Powerball: $170.5 million cash, Dec. 25, 2002 ($314.9 million annuity) - West Virginia
  20. Mega Millions: $168 million cash, July 2, 2004 ($294 million annuity) - Massachusetts
  21. Mega Millions: $167.7 million cash, Feb. 22, 2008 ($275 million annuity) - Georgia
  22. Powerball: $166 million cash, Aug. 25, 2001 ($295 million annuity) - Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire
  23. Mega Millions: $165.2 million cash, May 4, 2010 ($266 million annuity) - California
  24. Powerball: $164.4 million cash, won Oct. 19, 2005 ($340 million annuity) - Oregon
  25. Mega Millions: $164 million cash, Feb. 28, 2006 ($270 million annuity) - Ohio

The number of jackpot cash values in the top 25, by lottery game, are:

  • Mega Millions: 12
  • Powerball: 12
  • The Big Game: 1

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Posted: February 13, 2014, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

OK folkssss... ready to play yet.... I'm all in....Lurking

Yahoo !!!! I'm also the 1st one too on this thread... Hyper

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    OK folkssss... ready to play yet.... I'm all in....Lurking

    Yahoo !!!! I'm also the 1st one too on this thread... Hyper

    It's almost time to pop open the Cranberry juice.

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      Posted: February 13, 2014, 2:06 pm - IP Logged

      It's almost time to pop open the Cranberry juice.

      Yep, almost.

      Next draw where it breaks into top 10, or next weekend when it breaks $400M.

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        Posted: February 13, 2014, 2:50 pm - IP Logged



        BUYING 1 $20 POWERBALL QUICK PICK TICKET.

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          Posted: February 13, 2014, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

          Crazy time to venture out and get more tickets

          buried treasure

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            I got my ticket this afternoon ..........

            I am ready for this big win

             

            Cool

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              Posted: February 13, 2014, 3:27 pm - IP Logged

              Well I got $6 riding on this jackpot come on lady luck.-weshar75

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                hey thrifty, i thought it only takes $1, well $2 in the case of PB. hehehe good luck buddy.

                2014 winnings S= spent W= won

                JAN S 119/ W71 ; FEB S90 /W 13 ; MAR S93/ W75 ; APR S146/ W50 ; MAY S94/ W32 : JUN S98 /W 13 JUL S110 /W21 ; AUG S185 / W56 ; SEP S 140/W 13 ; OCT S 130 / W 66 ; NOV S104 / W47

                S $1313W $461Tot -$851

                 

                 

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                  I Agree! I got mine lets go Powerball $330 MILLIONParty

                   

                  Good Luck everyone Lep

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                    Posted: February 13, 2014, 5:33 pm - IP Logged

                    $330 Million Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!Banana

                    I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, lets have a bit more enthusiasm...let's have it roll once more, maybe twice just for S&G Naughty

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                        All 5 white balls were above 31 in the last draw and still 8 people matched all 5 of them.   Before the stats came out i felt good it would roll but not have that many players get so close.  That might be a record.

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                          Posted: February 13, 2014, 6:13 pm - IP Logged

                          I think I will sit out.  The jackpot is not large enough for me to risk going out and breaking my neck on the icy pavement.

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                            I think I will sit out.  The jackpot is not large enough for me to risk going out and breaking my neck on the icy pavement.

                            maybe you have someone drive you Dance