New Jersey’s Turn to Win? $418M Powerball Jackpot Tonight
Saturday night's Powerball jackpot has an annuity value of $415 million.
The jackpot has gone without a winner since a Florida man claimed a $291 million prize in March. If tonight's jackpot is won it would be the 7th largest ever won in the United States. The cash value is $260.7 million.
The largest was the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot won by three ticket holders in January in California, Tennessee and Florida.
New Jersey's last Powerball jackpot winner was in 2013 when two of three winning tickets were sold in Monmouth Junction and Little Egg Harbor, sharing a $448 million jackpot with a third winner from Minnesota. The "Oceans 16" group of Ocean County employees divided up their share of the jackpot.
In Wednesday's drawing, four players in Riverdale, Riverside, Jersey City and Colonia each matched four numbers and the Powerball, which was good for $50,000.
New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger said there is "great potential" for the jackpot to grow larger before the 11 p.m. drawing. She urges players to add a Power Play to their ticket for the chance at winning more. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot, which is played in 44 states and Puerto Rico, Washington DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is 1 in 292,201,338.
If Wednesday's winners had added Power Play the ticket would have been worth $150,000.