NYLON – The New York Lottery’s still unclaimed Powerball jackpot is on the rise, now topping $1 billion for Wednesday’s drawing.
According to a press release from the NYS Lottery, the Powerball jackpot for the drawing on Wednesday, Jan. 13 is now $1.3 billion. No one matched all six numbers for Saturday’s $947.9M drawing causing the jackpot to roll to an unprecedented $1.3 billion or $806 million in a lump sum.
“History continues to be made with this massive jackpot. Three Lucky New Yorkers are $1 million richer as the excitement spreads across the country,” said Gardner Gurney, Director of the Division of the Lottery.
Saturday’s drawing did produce 25 $1 million dollar second place prize winners with three tickets sold in Queens,
Suffolk County, and Columbia County in New York State.
This history-making Powerball jackpot has skyrocketed sales statewide to $155.8 million for drawings leading up to and including Saturday’s record jackpot drawing.
The NYS Lottery said that since this Powerball jackpot began on Nov. 7, 2015, Powerball ticket sales have contributed more than $54.5 million in aid to education.
Wednesday’s drawing will be the biggest Powerball jackpot ever and largest jackpot prize of any lottery game in U.S. history.
If no one matches all five numbers plus the Powerball for Wednesday’s drawing, the jackpot will continue to grow. Tickets cost $2 per game and can be purchased until 10:00 p.m.
Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to this jackpot, the largest Powerball jackpot $590.5 million, won in Florida in May 2013.
For all Lottery games, the New York Lottery urges players to follow this ticket safety checklist:
Check before leaving the store to ensure you have the correct ticket(s) and all corresponding receipts.
Never hand a lottery ticket to anyone without knowing how much it’s worth. (If you have to give a ticket to anyone to assess its value or collect winnings, sign the ticket first and always keep your ticket in view.)
Use the ticket checker now available at all retail locations statewide to determine if you have a winning ticket before handing it to a store clerk for payment.
Check your numbers against the Lottery’s official winning numbers posted at more than 17,500 retail locations statewide, in newspapers and online at nylottery.ny.gov.
Read the back of your ticket(s) to learn about alternative methods for claiming your prize (e.g. visit your regional Lottery customer service center or mail it in). Keep all Lottery tickets in a safe, secure place as the Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
All Lottery Instant Game prizes must be claimed within one year from the announced end of game.
All prizes for a Lottery drawing must be claimed within one year from the date of the drawing.
Notify the Lottery immediately if you think your ticket has been mishandled.
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