Powerball Jackpot Soars to $125 Million for Monday’s Draw


In the wake of another fruitless Saturday draw, the Powerball jackpot has swelled to an impressive $125 million—the coveted prize awaiting victors in Monday’s drawing. The pulse-quickening tension will reach its apex at 11 p.m. ET, when the lucky numbers set to transform lives will be drawn.

Fancy becoming an overnight multimillionaire? The rules are simple: pin your hopes on a $2 Powerball ticket and await your fate. Secure a ticket from the convenience store down the street, that behind-the-corner gas station, or even the most approachable grocery store. There are several states where you can bypass the queues and leverage technology for an online purchase.

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To play, intrepid would-be millionaires must select six numbers in total—five white balls bearing numbers ranging from 1 to 69, and a red ball, the all-important Powerball, flaunting a number between 1 and 26.

While the game is straightforward, there are ways to boost the thrill and potentially, the payout. For just an additional dollar, you can throw a “Power Play” into the mix. It won’t move the needle for the jackpot prize but could multiply other winnings by 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, or even a whopping 10X!

For the indecisive, there’s the “Quick Pick” option. Just ask the cashier to surprise you with computer-generated numbers on a printed Powerball ticket. It’s a spin of the wheel, a roll of the dice—providing an extra shot of adrenaline to the draw nights on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

The prospects, however, are daunting. Potential players should be aware—the odds of their lives changing overnight are pegged at one in 292.2 million. Still clinging onto hope? There’s a reason for that—the overall odds of landing a Powerball prize, though possibly much smaller, hover around one in 24.9.

Purchasing your golden ticket isn’t a laborious task. You can buy tickets in person from countless convenience stores, gas stations, and grocery stores. Even some airport terminals have joined the fray, offering travelers a shot at the windfall.

If you’re more digitally-inclined, turn to Jackpocket, the legal path to nab lottery tickets online offered by the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network. Available in a plethora of states and territories, from Arizona to West Virginia, the Jackpocket app lets you pick your choice of lottery game, select your luck-infused numbers, place your order, and even visualize your ticket—right from the comfort of your home, or on your phone.

Overlooking all forecasts and footer notes, remember that luck is fickle and unpredictable. There’s always a chance—however minuscule—that the winds of fortune may blow your way. Happy Powerballing!