By Todd Northrop
There was no jackpot winner in the Saturday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $208 million for Wednesday's drawing.
Saturday was the 11th consecutive Powerball drawing without a jackpot winner. The jackpot run started Dec. 29 as a $40 million jackpot.
The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $130.7 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.
Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs.
Although there were no jackpot winners Saturday, 7 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Idaho, 1 from Massachusetts, 2 from New York, 1 from Pennsylvania, 1 from Texas, and 1 from Washington.
Of all the second-prize winners, only the ticket from Texas was purchased with the Power Play option for an extra $1. Because they purchased the Power Play, that particular ticket is now worth $2 million.
43 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Of those tickets, 7 were purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $40,000.
The Powerball winning numbers for Saturday, February 2, were 11, 16, 33, 40, and 41, with Powerball number 34.
Following the Saturday drawing, the Powerball annuity jackpot estimate was raised $32 million from its previous amount of $176 million. The cash value was raised by $19.1 million, from its previous amount of $111.6 million.
The next Powerball drawing will take place Wednesday evening 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 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. California will become Powerball's 43rd participating state when tickets go on sale in the state on April 8, 2013.
Powerball drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.
The Powerball winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.