13 Powerball Players Came So Close Saturday, But The Jackpot Now Reaches $730 Million

The Powerball 01/16/21 jackpot was the fifth-largest in history, and 13 people came so close to winning it. However, they only hit the first five numbers and missed the red Powerball for the $640 million prize.

Now, the national jackpot has risen to $730 million—which is currently the fourth-largest jackpot in the game's history. The Wednesday game for 01/20/21 will have a cash option worth $546.0 million.

Here are the numbers from Saturday night's 01/16/21 drawing:

  • First Five: 14-20-39-65-67
  • Powerball: 02
  • Power Play: 3x

Two second-prize tickets sold—one each in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania—are worth $2 million since they paid an extra $1 for the Power Play. There were 11 second-prize tickets that are worth $1 million since they didn't buy the Power Play option. Those 11 tickets were sold in California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia.

Powerball and Mega Millions Tickets
Mega Millions and Powerball tickets sold in Texas during January 2020. Neither of the tickets were winners, and the jackpot kept soaring for each game in the new year. Scott McDonald/Newsweek

Saturday night's 01/16/21 Powerball jackpot was estimated at $640 million, with a cash option of $478.7 million. A winner could have claimed the fifth-largest jackpot in the game's history, but now it moves to the fourth-highest on Wednesday—inauguration day.

Here are the eight all-time top Powerball jackpot prizes

1. $1.586 billion (01/13/2016)

Winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee

2. $768.4 million (03/27/2019)

Single ticket sold in Wisconsin

3. $758.7 million (08/23/2017)

Single ticket sold in Massachusetts

4. $730 million — CURRENT PRIZE

5. $687.8 million (10/27/2018)

Two winning tickets were drawn, one sold in Iowa and one sold in New York

6. $590.5 million (05/18/2013)

Single ticket sold in Florida

7. $587.5 million (11/28/2012)

Two winning tickets were drawn, one sold in Missouri and one sold in Arizona

8. $564.1 million (02/11/2015)

Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico

The odds of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the jackpot size—according to Powerball's website.

Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Wednesday and Saturday, and one of America's two biggest lottery jackpot games. Powerball jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million with a Power Play. Tickets are $2. You can check the numbers for tonight, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.

There are nine ways to win money during the Powerball. Just getting the powerball with no other numbers pays out $4, and even more if the power play is bought for an extra dollar. The same payout goes for one ball plus the powerball, and $7 is the payout for two correct numbers with the powerball, or three correct numbers and no powerball.

The other multi-state lottery is Mega Millions, which is played on Tuesdays and Fridays. Like Powerball, the jackpot is reset at $20 million after a jackpot is won, and one line of numbers is $2, with a $1 option to multiply their winnings with a Megaplier. Here is the Mega Millions website for more information, or to check any potential past numbers.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now at $850 million, the second-highest in that game's history. That drawing will be held on Tuesday 01/19/21.