Powerball Results, Numbers for 9/2/20: Did Anyone Win the $56 Million?

The Powerball top prize on offer for last night's drawing (Wednesday, September 2) was for around $56 million, with a cash option of $44.1 million. But did anyone manage to scoop the jackpot?

The winning numbers for the Powerball drawing in Tallahassee, Florida were 1, 4, 11, 20 and 69, with the Powerball 18 and the Power Play 2x.

But it was a wildly unsuccessful night for those playing as not only did no ticket successfully match all five numbers and the red Powerball to win the jackpot, but nobody even managed to match any of the five white balls to win the second biggest prize on offer of $1 million.

There were 13 people who secured the third biggest payout after their tickets matched four white balls and the red Powerball. Six of those tickets were purchased without the 2x Power Play to win $50,000, with a further seven players also purchasing the 2x Power Play to see their winnings doubled to $100,000. In total, last night's drawing saw 418,468 players win at least $4.

With nobody winning the jackpot, it means that it will roll over to the next drawing on Saturday, September 5. It currently stands at $66 million with a cash value of $52 million, but it could increase if sales further lottery projections, according to officials.

Before Wednesday's draw, the previous Powerball on Saturday, August 29 had the winning numbers of 5, 21, 22, 29 and 43, with the Powerball 10 and the Power Play 2x. There were no jackpot winners for that drawing, but one ticket purchased in New York matched all five white balls minus the red Powerball to secure a seven-figure payout. As they also purchased the 2x Power Play, their prize was doubled to $2 million.

The jackpot was last won on August 12, when one lucky person in Florida matched all white balls and the Powerball to scoop a titanic $169 million payout. The numbers for that drawing were 2, 6, 18, 36 and 37 with the Powerball 21 and the Power Play 2x.

How do you play Powerball?

One of the most popular multi-state lotteries in the country, Powerball is available to play in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five states that do not sell lottery tickets are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

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

You can play Powerball in 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.

A Powerball ticket sits on the counter at Kavanagh Liquors on January 13, 2016 in San Lorenzo, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty

Why is the Powerball so low?

Powerball slashed its minimum payout in half from $40 million to $20 million back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic leading to reduced sales, according to lottery officials.

Powerball Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director Gregory Mineo said in a statement at the time" "Powerball players in many U.S. lottery jurisdictions are under shelter-in-place orders or recommendations, which have affected normal consumer behaviors.

"Just like other enterprises around the world that are making adjustments, we are making proactive changes to continue to offer the world's premier lottery product."

Since the coronavirus pandemic, the jackpot has been reset at $20 million after it is won, rather than the previous $40 million.
Powerball's official website claims that players have a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning any prize regardless of the number of participants. But the chances of winning the grand prize jackpot are astronomically higher at 1 in 292,201,338, according to the official website.

Winners can choose to either select their 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 win a jackpot, call lottery officials at 1-800-222-0996.