The bad news is that nobody managed to scoop the massive $1.2 billion Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night.
The good news is that it increases the prize’s value to $1.5 billion before the next drawing on Saturday night. The third-largest lottery reward in American history is that one.
Wednesday night’s drawing results were 2, 11, 22, 35, 60, and the red powerball 23.
Since August 3, no one has hit all six numbers to win the highest Powerball prize, marking a stretch of 39 drawings.
Why did the lottery fail for three months? It’s just basic math. The slim chance of winning the prize is 1 in 292.2 million.
These high chances are the reason why the grand reward has gotten so big.
The new $1.5 billion reward is really for winners who choose to receive annual payments over a 29-year annuity. The majority of winners choose for cash, which for the drawing on Saturday would be $745.9 million.
Along with Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Powerball is played in 45 states.