Visions of Powerball tickets will be dancing in the heads of lottery players across the nation this Christmas Eve. That's because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing, pushing the jackpot to an estimated $137 million. That's currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world.
The cash option for the Wednesday, December 24 drawing will be an estimated $74.4 million.
There may have been no Powerball jackpot winners Saturday but 770,912 players across the nation won a total of more than $6.5 million in prizes in America's Game.
This current jackpot run started with the Saturday, November 8 drawing. The drawing on Saturday night was the 13th consecutive draw without being hit. More than 5.5 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of more than $50 million in cash prizes since this jackpot run started in early November.
This is the fourth time this year and the fifth time in the last thirteen months that Powerball has crossed over the $100 million mark. The numbers drawn were: 12, 20, 24, 25, 48, and the Powerball was 37. The Power Play multiplier was 4.
Ten players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Arizona (2), Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky (2), Minnesota (2), Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The winning players from Kansas and Pennsylvania purchased the Power Play option, multiplying their prize by 4 for a total win of $400,000.
Forty-nine players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Five of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $20,000.
More than 72,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 4 Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night's multiplier.
Players purchased more than 29 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
The lotteries sold $1.6 billion in Powerball tickets in 2002. That translates into more than $480 million for worthwhile state projects.