Powerball Jackpot Soars to $164 Million in Latest Monday Drawing

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The race to bag the Powerball jackpot just became a little more exhilarating as the prize vaults to an estimated $164 million for the upcoming Monday drawing. This significant surge follows a weekend devoid of a Powerball grand prize victory.

For those late to the Saturday night drawing, the winning numbers were pulled at 11 o’clock in the evening Eastern Time. The five white balls drawn were numbered 9, 30, 53, 55, and 62, and the red Powerball rolled to the number 23. The Power Play was pegged at 3X. On the edge of their seat, countless players waited for their luck to turn, but alas, no jackpot winner emerged.

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Had fortune favored a ticket holder on Saturday night, they could have been the winners of a whopping $149 million jackpot. If they elected the lump-sum payment option, they would have walked away with an impressive sum of about $68.1 million after taxes, according to lottery officials.

Although the grand prize remained untouched, fortune did not entirely abandon the participants. Two fortunate players from Georgia and New Jersey found themselves catapulted into millionaire status. They each won $1 million for getting all the correct white ball numbers in the Match 5.

For neophytes to the Powerball frenzy, purchasing a ticket is rather simple and can potentially transform you into an overnight millionaire. Tickets, starting at just $2 each, can be procured at convenience stores, gas stations and grocery stores. Some states even allow online purchases.

Playing involves the selection of six numbers to mark on your ticket. Five are white balls with numbers ranging from 1 to 69. The sixth number is the red Powerball which can fall anywhere between 1 and 26. You can choose to add the $1 Power Play which boosts all non-jackpot prize winnings. The multiplier can be 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, or 10X.

If you prefer leaving the number choice to chance, ask the cashier for a “Quick Pick.” The computer will continue the process by generating random numbers printed on your Powerball ticket.

Drawings are held thrice weekly – Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights. If a drawing does not yield a grand prize winner, the dwindling jackpot will see a prodigious boost for the next drawing!

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