Powerball Jackpot Soars to $214 Million as Nation Gets Swept Up in Lottery Frenzy


Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the fervor-filled universe of Powerball as the lottery mania sweeps the nation yet again. After the dust had settled from Saturday’s drawing, it became clear there would be no triumphant celebrations punctuating the evening, no jubilant exclamations of ‘I am a millionaire now’ echoing in the American heartland. Once the exhilaration faded away, it was clear, there was no jackpot winner, pushing Monday’s heart-thumping jackpot to an estimated stratospheric level of $214 million.

Just minutes past the witching hour at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday, the official Powerball drawing birthed an intriguing array of numbers, a tantalizing sequence no one had guessed. Had anyone stumbled across that perfect combination – a $203 million jackpot hanging in the balance – their life would have been irrevocably changed, a staggering lump-sum after-tax payout of around $94.6 million sitting in their bank account.

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As part of the Saturday rite that was the May 4 drawing in the saga of Powerball – an event that’s part spectator sport, part national pastime – the winning numbers emerged: 12, 20, 23, 53, and 69, along with a Powerball of 4, while the All-Powerful Powerplay came in at 2X.

So, Powerball participants, dust off those tickets, sharpen those pencils, and steel your nerves. The enticing promise of a jackpot is once again on the rise. While there were no Match 5 or Power Play winners adding to their fortunes from Saturday’s drawing, the list of previous winners proves that dreams do come true.

To make your Powerball dreams a reality, you’ll need to invest in a ticket or two. A visit to a local convenience store, gas station, or grocery store will get you your $2 ticket, or for those lucky few residing in select states, they’re just a click away online. The process is simple: select six numbers in total, five of those from the white balls numbered from 1 to 69, and one from the red Powerball’s range of 1 to 26.

Those ambitious souls seeking an increased share of the pie can plunk down an extra dollar for a “Power Play”, a golden ticket that can multiply non-jackpot winnings by 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, or even a staggering 10X.

And for those desiring a quick thrill without the fuss, turn to the cashier’s quick pick option, where computer-generated numbers grace your Powerball ticket. With the right combination, the magical Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday night drawings can result in millions.

Should the traditional convenience store selling tickets not be to your liking, there’s a technological cornucopia of options at your disposal. Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, has recently extended its services to include states like Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. With a smartphone or a computer, the Jackpocket app allows you to partake in the lottery game from the comfort of your living room.