Powerball Numbers For 01/27/21, Wednesday Jackpot was $20 Million

The Powerball jackpot for 01/27/21 was $20 million. Here are the numbers from the Wednesday night.

First Five: 17-33-35-42-52
Powerball: 09
Power Play: 3x

Wednesday night's 01/27/21 Powerball jackpot was estimated at $20 million, with a cash option of $15.0 million. The jackpot could increase if sales further lottery projections, according to officials.

Saturday's 01/23/21 Powerball jackpot was $23.2 million, and a ticket sold in New Jersey won the grand prize. Here's where it gets crazy. There were 43 other tickets sold that matched the first five white balls and just missed on the red Powerball for the game's second prize worth either $1 million or $2 million.

First, here are the winning numbers from Saturday night's drawing:

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

The grand prize ticket was sold at the Quick Mart on Lakeview Avenue in Clifton, New Jersey.

Of the other 43 who won the second prize, eight of those purchased the Power Play for an extra $1, making their second prizes worth $2 million each. Those eight tickets were sold in Florida (2), Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico.

The remaining 35 second-prize tickets didn't purchase the Power Play, making their tickets worth $1 million each. They were sold in Arizona (2), California (7), Florida (4), Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (11), Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

That's 44 millionaires from a $23.2 million drawing.

Powerball has now had two winners in one week. A ticket sold in Maryland hit the $731.1 million jackpot on Wednesday 01/20/21. The game reset to the $20 million minimum on Saturday, and it reset to $20 million again for the Wednesday 01/27/21 drawing.

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

Previous to last Saturday's winners, 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 $25 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. There was no grand prize winner for Tuesday night's drawing of $20 million.

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