Powerball Numbers For 01/23/21, Saturday Jackpot Was $20 Million

The Powerball jackpot for 01/23/21 was $20 million. Here are the numbers from the Saturday night drawing.

  • First Five: 05-08-17-27-28
  • Powerball: 14
  • Power Play: 3x

Saturday night's 01/23/21 Powerball jackpot was estimated at $20 million, with a cash option of $15.0 million.

One lucky Powerball player in Maryland hit the $730 million jackpot on 01/20/21, crashing the party for other players on inauguration day and setting the game back to its minimum.

Now, the national jackpot has reset to $20 million, which replaces the fourth-largest jackpot in the game's history. Here are the numbers from Wednesday night's 01/20/21 drawing:

  • First Five: 40-53-60-68-69
  • Powerball: 22
  • Power Play: 3x

There were eight tickets sold that matched the first five numbers, and just missed on the red Powerball, for the game's second prize. One of those tickets, also sold in Maryland, is worth $2 million since they purchased the Power Play for an extra $1. The other seven tickets are worth $1 million apiece. They were sold in California, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey and Oregon.

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Tickets shown for the Powerball lottery in Texas during June 2019. Photo by Scott McDonald/Newsweek

The last winning Powerball ticket was sold on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in Maryland for the $730 million jackpot. It was the fourth-largest jackpot in the game's history. The previous winning ticket was sold back on August 12, 2020 for a jackpot worth $169 million. That ticket was sold in Florida.

Normally, the game would reset to a $40 million minimum, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced Powerball officials to cut the minimum jackpot in half, which began with the 04/11/20 jackpot.

The previous winning ticket was sold on June 10, 2020. The previous winning ticket sold was purchased in New Jersey for the 04/08/20 jackpot worth $190 million. The previous grand prize won before that was $70 million in the 02/12/20 drawing with a ticket purchased in Michigan. The grand prize winner before that was on 01/29/20. That ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Bonita Springs, Florida, for the $394 million grand prize, which had a cash option of $274.6 million.

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.

If all five white, numbered balls are chosen but the red powerball is not correct, then the payout is $1 million, with an even higher payout if the power play is chosen.

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 current Mega Millions is now also back to $20 million after a player in Michigan won the $1 billion prize for Friday's drawing. That was the second-largest in that game's history, and the third-largest lottery jackpot in American history.

Here are the 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 — (01/20/21)
Single ticket sold in Michigan

5. $687.8 million (10/27/2018)
Two winning tickets were drawn—one each in Iowa and 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 each in Missouri and Arizona

8. $564.1 million (02/11/2015)
Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico