The winning numbers in Saturday night’s drawing of the Powerball were 2, 28, 31, 44 and 2. The Powerball was 18 and the Power Play was X3.
But no-one has claimed the $106 million jackpot for the February 20 draw, according to the Powerball website.
Therefore, the prize money will roll over to the next drawing on March 4. The estimated jackpot then will be $123 million (with a cash value of $86.1 million).
While no-one claimed the jackpot, there were some big prize winners. Eight players matched four white balls and the Powerball correctly to win $50,000 prizes.
And four more players who also guessed those numbers correctly tripled their prize money to $150,000 thanks to the Power Play feature.
The Powerball jackpot has not been won at all in February, but was hit three times last month.
In the January 20 drawing, a player won $731.1 million after buying a ticket at Coney Market in Lonaconing, Maryland.
In the January 24 draw, a player in New Jersey won a $23 million jackpot, according to the Powerball website. The January 31 Powerball drawing saw another New Jersey player scoop the $33.2 million jackpot.
How do you play Powerball?
Powerball is a hugely popular multi-state lottery that is available to play in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings usually take place twice a week on a Wednesday and Saturday night, at 10:59 p.m. ET. Each draw is broadcast live from the lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida.
Each ticket costs $2 per play, with players selecting five numbers from 1 to 69, in addition to one red Powerball number from 1 to 26. In certain circumstances, players can also multiply non-jackpot prizes by using the Power Play option for an additional $1.
Why is the Powerball so low?
Powerball slashed its minimum payout in half from $40 million to $20 million with minimum roll increased of $2 million between drawings back in March last year because of the coronavirus pandemic leading to reduced sales, according to lottery officials.
Powerball Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director Gregory Mineo said in a statement at the time: “Powerball players in many U.S. lottery jurisdictions are under shelter-in-place orders or recommendations, which have affected normal consumer behaviors.
Powerball’s official website claims that players have a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning any prize regardless of the number of participants. But the chances of winning the grand prize jackpot are astronomically higher at 1 in 292,201,338, according to the official website.
Winners can choose to either select their prize as an annuity, or for significantly less, a lump-sum payment. The annuity option sees the winner receive 30 annual payments over the space of 29 years, with each payment increasing by five percent until the 30th and final payment.
Your chances of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the jackpot size, according to Powerball’s website. If you win a jackpot, call lottery officials at 1-800-222-0996.