No Winning Ticket Sold in Record Powerball Drawing
CBS NEWS — For lottery players, the dream lives.
No winning ticket was sold in Saturday night’s $949.8 million Powerball drawing, lottery officials said. With no one matching all the numbers, the new jackpot is expected to hit $1.3 billion. That amount is more than double the previous Powerball record of $590.5 million, which was won by a Florida retiree in 2013.
The winning numbers — disclosed live on television and online — were 16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball number 13.
Powerball is played in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday.
Without a winner for the massive prize, which has steadily swelled from $40 million on Nov. 4, the odds grow by the week that someone will win. It also means that the lottery “fever” evident in states around the U.S. is sure to continue.
Sales of Powerball tickets have been brisk since Wednesday’s estimated $500 million drawing. As of 10 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, an hour before the drawing, 31 million Powerball tickets had been sold in California alone at a rate of $3 million an hour.