Powerball jackpot rises to $750 million for Saturday's drawing - 7th largest ever

The Powerball jackpot keeps on rising.

Initially estimated to be $725 million for the Saturday, Sept. 23 drawing, the jackpot increased to $750 million earlier Friday based on better than expected sales, the lottery announced.

The jackpot will be the seventh largest Powerball and the 12th largest U.S. jackpot ever.

The jackpot was last won on July 19 when a lottery player in California won the $1.08 billion jackpot - the third largest Powerball ever.

Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot is at $230 million for Tuesday's drawing with a cash option of $107.8 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

NJ players win big

Three New Jersey lottery players won second-tier prizes in Wednesday's Powerball drawing as the jackpot continues to grow, according to the New Jersey Lottery.

The trio matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000, with one ticket having the Power Play option to multiply their winnings to $150,000.

The winning New Jersey tickets were sold at:

$150,000: Acme on Cuthbert Boulevard in Westmont (Camden County)

$50,000: Krauszers and Smoke Shop on Kearny Avenue in Kearny (Hudson County)

$50,000: Sunoco on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic County)

In addition, 51,884 lottery players in NJ won an estimated $295,430 in prizes.

Powerball winning numbers for 9/20/23

The Powerball winning numbers for Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 were: 16 - 27 - 59 - 62 - 63 and Powerball 23. The Powerplay was 3x.

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Wednesday Powerball winners

Tickets sold in Georgia and Texas matched the five white balls to win million-dollar prizes:

  • $2 million: Georgia with Power Play option

  • $2 million: Texas with Power Play option

  • $1 million: Georgia

When is the next Powerball drawing?

Powerball drawings are held three times a week - Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Monday drawings were added in 2021.

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How late can I buy Powerball tickets?

The deadline for purchasing Powerball ticket varies by state so don't wait until the last minute. The deadline in New Jersey is 9:59 p.m. on the day of the drawing, while New York's deadline is 10 p.m.

Click here is a complete list of Powerball ticket deadline times by state or jurisdiction.

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How do I play Powerball?

The cost is $2 per ticket, but you can add the Power Play for $1, which will increase the amount of your potential prize up to five times the original prize (except for the jackpot and Match 5). There is also a 10x Power Play possibility when the jackpot is less than $150 million.

Each player selects five numbers from 1 to 69 for the white balls and one number from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball. However, you can also have the lottery machine generate a quick pick ticket with random numbers for you.

Prizes vary from $4 for the matching the Powerball to $1 million for matching all five white balls (except in California) to the jackpot for matching all six balls. You can check all the prize payouts on the Powerball website here.

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Where can I buy Powerball tickets?

You can play the game in 45 states plus the Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Many grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell lottery tickets. Some states allow Powerball tickets to be purchased online, but beware of scam websites. Check with your state lottery for more details about online sales before purchasing tickets online.

You don't need to be a U.S. citizen or a resident a particular state where you purchase your ticket.

Here is where you can buy tickets from lottery retailers in New Jersey: Click here.

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How can I watch Powerball drawing?

The Powerball drawing is broadcast live on the lottery website at 10:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. You can watch the drawing by clicking here.

The drawing may be broadcast on a local television station in your market as well.

What are my odds of winning?

Playing the Powerball can be exciting, but just don't go spending those millions before you win.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 292,201,338-to-1.

The odds to match all five white balls are 11,688,053-to-1.

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Lump sum or annuity?

The major lotteries in the United States offer two jackpot payout options: annuity and cash.

The annuity option is paid out over time. There is an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments after that, increasing by 5% each year.

The cash option is significantly lower than the advertised jackpot, but it is paid in a lump sum. You don't have to wait decades for all the money.

Can I win jackpot and remain anonymous?

In some states, like New Jersey, you can win a lottery anonymously. That wasn't always the case, but now winners are able to stay anonymous under a law that was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

In other states, a winner's name and hometown are a matter of public record. Check with your state lottery for more information.

Top 10 largest Powerball jackpots

Here are the Top 10 jackpots since the Powerball lottery began in 1992:

  1. $2.04 billion, Nov. 7, 2022: Won in California

  2. $1.586 billion, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee

  3. $1.08 billion, July 19, 2023: Won in California

  4. $768.4 million, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin

  5. $758.7 million, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts

  6. $754.6 million, Feb. 6, 2023: Won in Washington

  7. $750 million, Sept. 23, 2023:

  8. $730 million, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland

  9. $699.8 million, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California

  10. $687.8 million, Oct. 27, 2018: Two winners in Iowa, New York

What was largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever?

Here's a look at the top jackpots won in the United States, between the Powerball and the Mega Millions lotteries:

  1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: California

  2. $1.602 billion, Mega Millions, Aug. 8, 2023: Florida

  3. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee

  4. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina

  5. $1.348 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2022: Won in Maine

  6. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Illinois

  7. $1.08 billion, Powerball, July 19, 2023: Won in California

  8. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan

  9. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin

  10. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts

  11. $754.6 million, Powerball: Feb. 6, 2023: Won in Washington

  12. $750 million, Powerball, Sept. 23, 2023:

  13. $730 million,, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland

  14. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California

  15. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018: Two winners in Iowa, New York

  16. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012: Three winners in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland

  17. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013: Two winners in California, Georgia

  18. $632.6 million, Powerball, Jan. 5, 2022: Two winner in California, Wisconsin

  19. $590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013: Won in Florida

  20. $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012: Two winners in Arizona, Missouri

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