Just two months after one lucky person took home a $1.08 billion jackpot, the Powerball’s grand prize has swelled back up to $725 million.
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The Powerball’s grand prize grew once again on Wednesday after going winnerless for the 27th drawing in a row.
Wednesday’s numbers were 16, 27, 59, 62, and 63, with a Powerball of 23.
The $725 million jackpot for Saturday’s drawing will now mark the third-largest Powerball prize of 2023, behind February’s $754.6 million jackpot, won in Washington state, and July’s $1.08 billion prize won in California.
Saturday’s drawing will also be for the eighth-largest prize the game has ever had, according to the lottery.
The hypothetical winner of the grand prize could choose to take the whole jackpot in graduated payments over 29 years or take a one-time payment of $345.7 million, the lottery shared.
Two tickets sold on Wednesday in Georgia and Texas were just one number short of winning it all, taking home $2 million for matching the first five numbers and playing the “power play” multiplier.
Another ticket sold in Georgia won $1 million for matching the first five numbers alone.
If Saturday’s game goes without a winner, the next drawing will take place on Monday night.