Powerball Skyrockets to Seventh Largest Jackpot in the Game's History

There were more than 1.8 million tickets that won a cash prize from Monday night's Powerball drawing, but none of them hit the jackpot. Powerball has skyrocketed into the top 10 with Wednesday's drawing currently expected to be $610 million.

That alone is already the seventh highest in the game's history, and the largest since a ticket in California hit a $699.8 million jackpot in October 2021. In fact, that was the last time the Powerball jackpot was won.

An increased jackpot to $610 million likely means a much larger pool of tickets sold for the Wednesday 01/05/22 drawing. That could lead to an even bigger jackpot before the 11 p.m. drawing.

May Scheve Reardon, who's the Missouri Lottery executive director and the Powerball Product group chair, said those who played Monday's game should check their tickets even if they didn't win the grand prize.

"We're thrilled to offer players a jackpot that has hit the $600 million mark," Reardon said. "Although no one hit the jackpot, we had more than 1.8 million tickets win a cash prize in last night's drawing. Players should check their tickets for one of the nine ways to win."

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The Powerball jackpot is seen on a sign at the Shell Gateway store on March 26, 2019 in Boynton Beach, Florida for that week's $750 million jackpot. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Here are the winning numbers from Monday night's drawing.

  • First Five: 02-13-32-33-48
  • Powerball: 22
  • Power Play: 2x

Monday night's 01/03/22 Powerball jackpot was worth $540 million, with a cash-value option worth $384.3 million. There was no grand prize winner on Monday, but there were three tickets sold that matched the first five white balls, and minus the red Powerball, for the game's second prize. Two of those second-prize tickets sold—one each in Connecticut and Texas—are worth $1 million each. The other ticket, sold in Montana, is worth $2 million since they purchased the Power Play for an extra $1.

Wednesday's $610 million prize has a cash option worth $434.2 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. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than half of all proceeds from the sale of a Powerball ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold.

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.

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 Monday, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.

Here are the all-time top 10 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 — (01/20/2021)
Single ticket sold in Maryland

5. $699.8 million (10/04/2021)
Single ticket sold in California

6. $687.8 million (10/27/2018)
Two winning tickets were drawn—one each in Iowa and New York

7. $610 million (current jackpot)

8. $590.5 million (05/18/2013)
Single ticket sold in Florida

9. $587.5 million (11/28/2012)
Two winning tickets were drawn—one each in Missouri and Arizona

10. $564.1 million (02/11/2015)
Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico