Powerball Results, Numbers for 05/08/21: Did Anyone Win the $157M?

Powerball's jackpot is set to rise to an estimated $168 million for the next drawing.

Winning numbers for last night's May 8 draw were: 12, 17, 20, 21, 26. The Powerball was 8 and the Power Play was X3.

No-one won the $157 million top prize on offer, according to the Powerball website.

It means the jackpot is expected to rise to $168 million (with a cash value of $117 million) for the next drawing on Thursday, May 13.

There were many smaller winners from the May 8 drawing.

Two tickets matched five numbers, without the Powerball, to win $1 million. One player matched five numbers with a X3 Power Play, with their winnings capped at $2 million.

Twenty-six tickets matched four numbers plus the Powerball to win $50,000, with an additional seven tickets doing so with a Power Play to take home $350,000.

Smaller $100 prizes were won by 562 ticket-holders, who matched four numbers without the Powerball. A further 227 tickets won $300, courtesy of a Power Play.

The Powerball jackpot was last won on March 27, when a player from Florida scooped $238 million. That winning ticket was bought at a Publix, located in Lutz.

While the jackpot continues to grow, the next drawing's $168 million grand prize still falls short of the top-10 largest ever won. The tenth highest jackpot ever was $487 million—that was won on July 30, 2016, by a player in New Hampshire.

Top biggest Powerball wins

  1. $1.586 billion won on January 13, 2016, by three players in California, Florida, and Tennessee.
  2. $768.4 million won on March 27, 2019, by one player in Wisconsin.
  3. $758.7 million won on August 23, 2017, by one player in Massachusetts.
  4. $730 million won on January 20, 2021, by one player in Maryland.
  5. $687.8 million won on October 27, 2018, by two players in Iowa and New York.
  6. $590.5 million won on May 18, 2013, by one player in Florida.
  7. $587.5 million won on November 28, 2012, by two players in Arizona and Missouri.
  8. $564.1 million won on February 11, 2015, by three players in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas.
  9. $559.7 million won on January 6, 2018, by one player in New Hampshire.
  10. $487 million won on July 30, 2016, by one player in New Hampshire.

Your chances of winning

Each ticket has the same chance of winning. There is a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning any prize, according to Powerball's official website.

The odds of winning the big jackpot are significantly longer at 1 in 292,201,338.

If you do win, you can choose to take your prize as an annuity, or for significantly less, a lump-sum payment. The annuity option sees the winner receive 30 annual payments over the space of 29 years, with each payment increasing by five percent until the 30th and final payment.

If you do win a jackpot (congratulations!), call lottery officials at 1-800-222-0996.

How to play Powerball

Drawings usually take place twice a week on a Wednesday and Saturday night, at 10:59 p.m. ET. Each draw is broadcast live from the lottery studio which is located in Tallahassee, Florida.

Players select five numbers from 1 to 69, in addition to one red Powerball number from 1 to 26. Each ticket costs $2 per play.

In certain circumstances, players can also multiply non-jackpot prizes by using the Power Play option for an additional $1.

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A customer holds a handful of Powerball tickets at Kavanagh Liquors on January 13, 2016 in San Lorenzo, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images