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Wow! Powerball at $572 million; still no official winners for 2 billion-dollar jackpots

NewsWow! Powerball at $572 million; still no official winners for 2 billion-dollar jackpots

  • The Friday the 13th winner (Jan. 13, 2023) has yet to claim the $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot
  • The Nov. 7, 2022, winner has yet to claim the $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot
  • In eight states, lottery winners can remain anonymous; however, “lottery” lawyers say there are ways to keep your anonymity if you win

As the Powerball jackpot climbs toward $600 million, there’s still no official winner from the record-setting $2.04 billion drawing from the fall or the recent billion-dollar Mega Millions drawing from earlier this month.

That’s a lot of cool cash.

After months of rollovers, nobody won the Jan. 25 drawing for the $526 million Powerbspanll − and the grand prize for Saturday, Jan. 28, rose to an estimated $572 million with a cash value of $308.9 million.

While $572 million is a lot of money, the sum has not quite reached the Top 10 lottery jackpots in history status − yet (see below for our Top 10 lottery lists).

Check back for Saturday’s winning Powerball numbers. For those wondering, the Powerball numbers for Wednesday’s drawing were 9-17-20-38-40 with 18 as the Powerball. Power Play was 2X.

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Interestingly, the last mega jackpot for Powerball still has not been claimed, according to California lottery officials.

The winning ticket was sold in November spant Joe’s Service Center in Los Angeles County, said Carolyn Becker, a spokesperson for the California State Lottery, told USA TODAY.

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The store’s owner, Joe Chahayed Jr., has already received his $1 million prize for selling the ticket. In California, that’s the highest amount retailers can get, Becker said.

On Jan. 13, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to a whopping $1.35 billion, with the winning ticket purchased at Hometown Gas and Grill in Lebanon, Maine, according to state lottery officials. Fun fact: On Jan. 13, 2016, another billion-dollar jackpot was won, including a winner from Melbourne Beach. Their ticket was purchased at Publix.

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Powerball drawings are held at 11 p.m. EST Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Below are some frequently asked questions about Powerball, Mega Millions, recent jackpot winners and lottery odds.

Did anyone claim $2 billion Powerball lottery in California?

As of Jan. 28, no.

How is the cash value calculated?

When the winner comes forward, they have a choice: annual payments that add up to the $2.04 billion prize or the cash value of nearly $1 billion.

“That was almost a billion dollars worth of ticket sales for that night’s drawing,” Becker told USA TODAY. “That’s the money that’s actually sitting in a pot waiting to be claimed. There is no $2 billion out there. That’s the prize if someone takes the annual payments and we invest the cash on-hand over 30 years on their behalf.”

What happens if no one claims the prize?

Becker said the California State Lottery exists to create a little extra money for public schools, supporting kindergarten all the way through university. The money, which she describes as “supplemental dollars,” isn’t meant to replace school budgets.

It’s more like “bonus money,” she said.

If someone misses the deadline to claim the Powerball prize, the money goes to the schools.

Did anyone claim $1.35 billion Mega Millions lottery?

As of Jan. 28, no. Winners have up to a year from the drawing to claim the prize.

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How much was the Powerball lottery jackpot for Jan. 28?

$572 million with a cash payout of $308.9 million

Will the Powerball jackpot reach $1 billion in January?

No. The last billion-dollar jackpot was won Jan. 13, 2023, for Mega Millions. If the Jan. 28 drawing rolls over, February could be a possibility.

How long has the Powerball rolled over?

In November, a single ticket sold in California won the record-setting largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, a whopping $2.04 billion. The Powerball jackpot has rolled over since Nov. 7.

What are the odds of winning Powerball?

According to Powerbspanll.com, players have a 1 in 292.2 million chance to match all six numbers. Prizes range from $2 to the grand prize jackpot, which varies.

What are the odds of winning Mega Millions?

According to the Megspan Millions website, you have a 1 in 302,575,350 chance to match all five white balls plus the gold Mega Ball. Prizes range from $2 (for matching the Mega Ball) to the grand prize jackpot, which varies.

Can Florida lottery winners remain anonymous?

According to Floridspan Lottery’s website, winners cannot remain anonymous: “Florida law mandates that the Florida Lottery provide records containing information such as the winner’s name, city of residence; game won, date won, and amount won to any third party who requests the information.”

However, the site states, since May 25, 2022, the “names of lottery winners claiming prizes of $250,000 or greater will be temporarily exempt from public disclosure for 90 days from the date the prize is claimed, unless otherwise waived by the winner.”

What is the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history?

The largest lottery prize ever climbed to $2.04 billion in November. The jackpot was an estimated $1.9 billion days before the drawing, but lottery ticket sales helped it grow to more than $2 billion after updated calculations. A single ticket purchased in California won the grand prize.

Which lottery game has had more jackpots surpass $1 billion?

Mega Millions

How many times did lottery jackpots reach $1 billion or more?

6

When did lotto jackpots hit $1 billion or more?

As of Jan. 28, 2023, there have been six lottery jackpots that have surpassed $1 billion. We mentioned this earlier − half of the prizes were won (but not necessarily claimed) in January.

6. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: A single ticket won in Michigan.

5. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: A single ticket won in Illinois.

5. $1.35 billion, Jan. 13, 2023: A single ticket was purchased in Maine.

3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: A single ticket won in South Carolina.

2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three tickets won from California, Florida, Tennessee.

1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: A single ticket won in California.

What are the Top 10 largest Mega Millions jackpots ever?

According to its website, here are the Top 10 Mega Millions jackpots as of Jan. 28, 2023:

  • 10. $522 million — June 5, 2019; California
  • 9. $533 million — March 30, 2018; New Jersey
  • 8. $536 million — July 6, 2016; Indiana
  • 7. $543 million — July 24, 2018; California
  • 6. $648 million — Dec. 17, 2013; California and Georgia
  • 5. $656 million — March 30, 2012; Illinois, Kansas and Maryland
  • 4. $1.05 billion — Jan. 22, 2021; Michigan
  • 3. $1.337 billion — July 29, 2022; Illinois
  • 2. $1.35 billion — Jan. 13, 2023; Maine
  • 1. $1.537 billion — Oct. 23, 2018; South Carolina

What are the Top 10 largest Powerball jackpots ever?

Here are the Top 10 Powerball jackpots as of Jan. 28, 2023:

  • 10. $587.5 million — Nov. 28, 2012; Arizona and Missouri
  • 9. $590.5 million — May 18, 2013; Florida
  • 8. $632.6 million — Jan. 5, 2022; California and Wisconsin
  • 7. $687.8 million — Oct. 27, 2018; Iowa and New York
  • 6. $699.8 million — Oct. 4, 2021; California
  • 5. $731.1 million — Jan. 20, 2021; Maryland
  • 4. $758.7 million — Aug. 23, 2017; Massachusetts
  • 3. $768.4 million — Mar. 27, 2019; Wisconsin
  • 2. $1.586 billion — Jan. 13, 2016; California, Florida and Tennessee
  • 1. $2.04 billion — Nov. 7, 2022; California

What are the Top 10 largest lottery jackpots ever?

The following Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots made the Top 10 biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history, as of Jan. 28, 2023.

  • 10. $699.8 million — Oct. 4, 2021; California
  • 9. $731.1 million — Jan. 20, 2021; Maryland
  • 8. $758.7 million — Aug. 23, 2017; Massachusetts
  • 7. $768.4 million — Mar. 27, 2019; Wisconsin
  • 6. $1.05 billion — Jan. 22, 2021; Michigan
  • 5. $1.337 billion — July 29, 2022; Illinois
  • 4. $1.35 billion — Jan. 13, 2023; Maine
  • 3. $1.537 billion — Oct. 23, 2018; South Carolina
  • 2. $1.586 billion — Jan. 13, 2016; California, Florida and Tennessee
  • 1. $2.04 billion — Nov. 7, 2022; California

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