POWERBALL JACKPOT INCREASED TO $900 MILLION
Top prize in Saturday night’s drawing is largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history
BRAINTREE, MA (SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016) – The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing has been increased for the third time in as many days and now stands at an estimated $900 million. The cash option on the prize is now an estimated $558 million.
Last hit on November 4, 2015, this jackpot has been growing for 18 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The $900 million jackpot eclipses the previous U.S. lottery record of $656 million that was split by three winners in the Mega Millions drawing on March 30, 2012. Powerball’s highest-ever jackpot had been $590.5 million, won on May 18, 2013.
Powerball tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets for tonight’s drawing can be purchased until 9:45 p.m. this evening at any Massachusetts Lottery retailer in the state. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST in Tallahassee, Florida.
Powerball drawings are available locally via the Lottery’s website – masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.