Powerball and Mega Millions Jackpots Skyrocket to Overwhelming Millions

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On the heels of an uneventful Saturday with no grand prize victor, the stakes continue to rise in the lottery arena, setting a thrilling scene for the new week. The Powerball jackpot earmarked for Monday has swelled to a cool $214 million, with a hard cash value of a staggering $99.7 million.

Parallel to this, the Mega Millions jackpot also sees no grand prize winner from its Friday drawing, propelling Tuesday’s winnings to a whopping $306 million and a cash value of a breathtaking $140.1 million.

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The stage is set, and if you’re prepared to test your luck against the infamous Powerball, here’s what you need to know. On Monday, May 6, potent numbers of 7-23-24-56-60 dominated the draw, with the Powerball being 25 and the Power Play, 2X. Surprisingly, the Sunshine State of Florida produced a grand prize winner that successfully matched all five numbers and the Powerball.

In the interim, Idaho borne witness to a Match 5 plus Power Play winner, raking in a hefty $2 million. Following these wins, the jackpot resettled to $20 million, with a cash value of $9.3 million.

As for the following Powerball drawing, lottery enthusiasts should set their clocks for Wednesday, May 8 at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Ticket sales close slightly before this in Delaware at 9:45 p.m. and in New Jersey and Pennsylvania at 9:59 p.m.

Feeling lucky enough to partake? Powerball makes its rounds three times a week every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at precisely 10:59 p.m. Eastern time. With $2 per play, the game is far from unreachable for most.

In Pennsylvania, prospective players can purchase tickets online, while New Jersey provides the same convenience. The game involves choosing five numbers from the white ball pool (ranging from 1 to 69) and one from the red Powerball pool (from 1 to 26). Lucky numbers can be personally picked or chosen randomly by the lottery terminal.

Winning isn’t just about hitting the grand prize. With nine different ways to win, matching white balls and the red Powerball could see you rewarded with anything from the grand prize to a smaller but equally exciting gain.

Not to mention, the Power Play adds an extra layer of excitement. For an additional $1 per play, winnings can be increased from two to ten times when the jackpot is $150 million or less—a pretty attractive bargain.

In terms of odds, hitting the grand prize is an exhilarating 1 in 292,201,338 chance; for the smallest prize of $4, the odds are higher, coming in at 1 in 38.32. Overall, the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 24.87, based on a $2 play.

To wrap it all up, the largest Powerball jackpot was a staggering $2.04 billion drawn on Nov. 7, 2022, in California. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to nab the jackpot or are just in for the thrill of it, get ready to test your luck against the mighty Powerball.