$218 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot increased

Apr 3, 2011, 8:03 am (81 comments)


Largest Powerball jackpot in 10 months

By Todd Northrop

Just a week after the Mega Millions lottery had players across America scrambling for tickets for a mega jackpot, the Powerball multi-state lottery game is poised to do the same thing.

Saturday night's Powerball drawing was the 10th consectuive drawing without a top prize winner, increasing the next jackpot to $218 million, with a lump-sum cash option of $109.9 million.

The next drawing will take place Wednesday at 11:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Pacific).  The winning numbers will be published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing.

The last time the multi-state Powerball jackpot reached the current level was on June 2, 2010, when a $262 million jackpot was taken down by one ticket sold in Ohio.  The winner later claimed the prize anonymously as a $134.9 million lump-sum cash payout.

The Powerball lottery results Saturday were 6, 22, 34, 43, and 45, with Powerball number 23.  The Power Play number was 2.

Even though there was no jackpot winner, nine players matched the first five numbers for a $200,000 prize: 1 from Colorado, 1 from Connecticut, 1 from Florida, 1 from Indiana, 1 from Kentucky, 1 from New Jersey, 1 from New York, 1 from North Carolina, and 1 from North Dakota.

Two of the second-prize tickets, from North Carolina and North Dakota, were purchased with the Power Play option, so their prizes will be automatically increased to $1 million each.

For an extra $1 per ticket, players can purchase Power Play, which increases any non-jackpot prize the ticket wins by the Power Play number drawn that evening.  In the event of a second-prize win, Power Play always multiplies the prize by 5 times.

Powerball is played in 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Lottery Post Staff


gocart1's avatargocart1

Great just great....now i have to keep my fingers crossed until thursday morning  just to see if i hit . I would stay up late wednesday night ,but i'm gettin too old for that....BEST OF LUCK TO EVERONE

mightwin's avatarmightwin

For everyone that plays for the cash option, the cash option for wed ($109 million )would be equivalent if the mega was advertised with a $172 million jackpot. I always play a few extra when the jackpot gets over $200 million but sometimes forget that Powerballs cash option hovers around 50% of advertised jackpot whereas Mega hovers around 63%. Not that I would complain with winning either though. Good luck to everyone!

dallascowboyfan's avatardallascowboyfan

It's been awhile since Oklahoma has had a Jackpot winner. So I am claiming this jackpot!!!!!

sully16's avatarsully16

Good luck everyone.

Coin Toss's avatarCoin Toss

You have to know there's going to be more participants in office pools for this one!

maringoman's avatarmaringoman

I hope another group hits this one too.

Guru101's avatarGuru101

I'm taking this one.


Office pool ready to go for this one...10 of us, so $109 million would do just fine!

joshuacloak's avatarjoshuacloak

you got that right mightwin, always compare the cash, as powerball just puts their in govt bonds longer to appear bigger


thro 109m cash jackpot m sure would be nice to bring to lawyers office , thro its nonething compared to  Mega millions Cash jackpots of 240m and 203m we just had this year


by the way, powerball biggest ever cash jackpot  amount was 177.2m  cash , february 18, 2006,   yet marketed as $365 million,       rather sad when MM beats Powerball Cash Record Twice in 1 year within 3 months of each other at that LOL  , powerball even has a stupid Annuity Jackpot cap, once it hits 390m, or 25m over old recold, a Jackpot cap goes into effect, all that money that could of made it fly up to 400m range, or more, goes instand into the 5-0 winner pool, but that bonus prize only gets paid out on whatever draw their is jackpot winner.

sure it be nice to win 5-0 and get even more money, but am playing for the jackpot, not 2nd's 

if they ever do hit the jackpot cap 390m is when it actives, , And it rolls again somehow by pure insane luck , they are idiots, as they would of passed up marketing a 500m buck jackpot  only to market a 415m jackpot !

, they are in truth only hurting their sells by a jackpot cap, and with their cash record of 177.2m vs 240m mega millions, They have no chance in hell of ever catching up to mega millions cash record.   

they have higher odds too, so powerball a sick joke to have its cash record broken twice this year alone by mega millions with less odds

MMs is the heavy weight, powerball the more clever one, its great at covering  up its weakness by looking bigger then it really is.

plus i think some group of 8 won that one 177m to,  but their no way in hell am playing in a group LOL, if someone tryed to sue me, i would not fight them in court and i would kill them. as that's how i treat thefts who rob me"wrong person"


Frankly, I could care less about the differences between Mega Millions or Powerball.  Although, because Mega Millions was here in Maryland before Powerball, and I would have to drive across the D.C. line to play Powerball.  I JUST WANT TO WIN A HUGE JACKPOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I know my day is coming.  When its all said and done, when I walk in the door with my attorney and provide the ticket, the account number where my Cash Option can be wired, shake the hands of the Lottery Officials whether they are Powerball or Mega Millions officials will not matter in the least.

dpoly1's avatardpoly1

Best of luck to everyone also, but it is time for Pennsylvania to have a big Jackpot Winner!


TheGameGrl's avatarTheGameGrl

Quote: Originally posted by dpoly1 on Apr 3, 2011

Best of luck to everyone also, but it is time for Pennsylvania to have a big Jackpot Winner!


I so Second that idea!! Dpoly! Lets win one for PA!!!!

dphillips's avatardphillips

Well, the east coast and the west coast had winners. Now, it is New Mexico's turn to win. However, good luck to the person or persons who win, and I am sure -- with this economy -- he or she could use the money.

Tulip2red's avatarTulip2red

Good luck everyone....Indiana is claiming this prize.....Indy specificallyPartyNewbie on the block!

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