Powerball Results, Numbers for 08/21/21: Did Anyone Win the $290M Jackpot?

Powerball's winning numbers for Saturday, August 21, were: 16, 28, 36, 39, 59, and Powerball 4. The Power Play was X2 and the jackpot stood at $290 million,

That grand prize (with a cash option of $209.2 million) went unclaimed, however two lucky players matched five numbers without the Powerball for $1-million prizes.

Another 17 matched four numbers and the Powerball for $50,000 each, with only one player doubling their winnings to $100,000 thanks to a Power Play.

There were 391 tickets that had four numbers without the Powerball for $100; a further 90 tickets did so with a Power Play to double the prize to $200.

Each ticket has odds of 1 in 24.9 of winning a prize, according to the Powerball website.

Odds are 1 in 292,201,338.00 of winning the jackpot and 1 in 11,688,053.52 of winning a $1-million prize.

Those that do win the Powerball grand prize, can choose to take an annuity, or for significantly less, a lump-sum payment. The annuity option gives you 30 annual payments over the space of 29 years, with each payment increasing by five percent until the 30th and final payment.

10 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

How to play Powerball

Each ticket costs $2 per play, with players selecting five numbers from 1 to 69, in addition to one red Powerball number from 1 to 26. In certain circumstances, players can also multiply non-jackpot prizes by using the Power Play option for an additional $1.

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.

Until recently, winners in New Jersey were required to provide proof of identity, but now are able to stay anonymous under a new law that was signed by Governor Phil Murphy.

Where your ticket money goes

Each ticket costs $2, but in certain circumstances, players can also multiply non-jackpot prizes by using the Power Play option for an additional $1.

Half of a ticket sale goes to fund prizes, with 35 percent benefitting causes supported by lotteries.

Another 6 percent of a ticket sale goes to retailer commissions, while 9 percent of a goes to operating expenses.

Players select one Powerball number from 1 to 26, and five other numbers from 1 to 69.

Drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday, at 10:59 p.m. ET, with each draw broadcast live from a studio located in Tallahassee, Florida.

Powerball tickets on a convenience store shelf.
Powerball tickets on a convenience store shelf on Monday, January 11, 2016. The jackpot has rolled over 18 times with no winner with the next drawing Wednesday. There were no jackpot winners from the 08/21/21 prize draw. Richard Levine/Corbis/Getty Images