Powerball World-Record Jackpot Pushes Higher: Est. $1.9 Billion For Tonight

CLIVE, Iowa — The Powerball® jackpot continues to push further into world-record territory, with strong sales in Iowa and across the country driving the giant prize even higher for its next drawing on Monday. The jackpot is now an estimated $1.9 billion annuity, $929.1 million cash option.

The previous record Powerball jackpot was a prize of $1.586 billion won in the drawing on Jan. 13, 2016.

The jackpot has reached this level because it’s been growing for three months. It was last won on Aug. 3.

Three Iowa Tickets Came SO CLOSE

Iowa Lottery players won a total of 101,223 prizes in Saturday’s Powerball drawing, including three tickets that were just one number away from having at least a share of the giant jackpot. Two of those tickets each won a $50,000 prize while the other won $150,000.

The three tickets each matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win a $50,000 prize. But the person who bought one of the tickets also added the Power Play option to their play, which multiplied their winnings to $150,000.

The $50,000-winning tickets were purchased at: Kwik Star, 911 S. 14th St. in Clinton; and K&J Hop-N-Shop, 416 Broad St. in Sabula.

The $150,000-winning ticket was purchased at: Hy-Vee C-Store, 1999 Park St. in Sheldon.

The three prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery office. If the winners have questions before claiming their prize, they are welcome to call the Iowa Lottery at 515-725-7900 or email to: Wmaster@ialottery.com.

Saturday’s winning numbers were: 28-45-53-56-69 and Powerball 20. The Power Play® number was 3.

A player wins the Powerball jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing. However, there are a total of nine prize levels in Powerball ranging from $4 up to the jackpot, so the Iowa Lottery reminds its players to be sure to check their tickets for all the prizes they may have won.

Retail Locations Setting Up Powerball-Specific Lines

With Powerball sales remaining strong in Iowa and across the country, some retail locations are setting up customer-service lines specifically for lottery sales. That keeps Powerball transactions moving quickly and allows customers with other needs to be helped in a different line.

Sales in the past week demonstrate what has always been the case: Iowa Lottery players buy tickets where they’re already running other errands. Stores with high customer traffic counts sell a lot of lottery tickets and all sorts of other products.

Here are the Top 10 retailers for Iowa Lottery sales in the past week (Sunday, Oct. 30-Saturday, Nov. 5).

  1. Hy-Vee, 1843 Johnson Ave. NW in Cedar Rapids
  2. Hy-Vee, 5050 Edgewood Road NE in Cedar Rapids
  3. Hy-Vee, 1823 E. Kimberly Road in Davenport
  4. Hy-Vee, 20 Wilson Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids
  5. Hy-Vee, 2323 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs
  6. Hy-Vee, 1725 Jordan Creek Pkwy. in West Des Moines
  7. Hy-Vee, 3600 U.S. Highway 151 in Marion
  8. Kwik Star, 1001 Blairs Ferry Road NE in Cedar Rapids
  9. Hy-Vee, 2510 SW State St. in Ankeny
  10. Hy-Vee, 3221 SE 14th in Des Moines.

Iowa Sales For Saturday’s Drawing

Iowa Lottery players bought more than $5.9 million in Powerball tickets for Saturday’s drawing, including more than $3.1 million in tickets on Saturday alone.

But the average Powerball purchase in Iowa for Saturday’s drawing remained about $7, or about four plays per ticket. Lottery officials were pleased that a lot of people had fun playing and didn’t go overboard.

The Difference These Powerball Sales Will Make For State Causes

The final details won’t be available until later, but the impact of this month’s strong Powerball sales will mean more help for meaningful state causes in Iowa. Powerball players will have played a big part in helping our state.

Each year, 100 percent of Iowa Lottery proceeds go to support state causes. In its latest financial year, the Iowa Lottery raised more than $101.7 million for state programs that help everything from veterans and law enforcement to education, parks and conservation, agriculture, and human services.

Since its start in 1985, the Iowa Lottery has raised more than $2.2 billion for state programs. More details are here: https://ialottery.com/Pages/Pressroom/IALotteryGivesBack.aspx

Where Can I Watch The Drawing?

The Powerball drawing is livestreamed on the Iowa Lottery website as it occurs at 9:59 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Video of the latest drawing then remains on the site until the next drawing occurs.

The livestream is on the Powerball page of the lottery’s website here: https://www.ialottery.com/Pages/Games-Online/Powerball.aspx

Things To Consider As You Dream Big

The Iowa Lottery has heard from a lot of people with dreams of hitting big and thoughts about what they would do if they win. To provide specifics about the details that come with a giant lottery win, the Iowa Lottery has produced a video called “You Won! Now What?”

That video is available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugXmP-7Qbm8&t=1s

How Do I Buy A Ticket?

Lots of first-time players are deciding to buy tickets now. Some of them have reached out to the lottery, saying they don’t know how to play and don’t want to appear silly when trying to buy a ticket.

The Iowa Lottery has shared with them that the simplest way to buy a ticket is to ask a clerk at a store for an easy-pick Powerball play. The lottery terminal will select the numbers for that play and the lottery terminal will print out the ticket. Nearly 93 percent of the tickets purchased for Saturday’s drawing were easy-pick plays.

To give everyone a quick brush-up on playing Powerball, the Iowa Lottery has how-to-play videos available here: https://www.ialottery.com/Pages/Multimedia/HowToPlay.aspx

Office pools and folks buying tickets with friends and family also are seeing a big jump right now. Reminders to help keep lottery group play fun and hassle free are on the Iowa Lottery website here: https://www.ialottery.com/Pages/PlayerSecurity/GroupPlayReminders.aspx

Please Play Responsibly

And as always, the Iowa Lottery reminds everyone that it only takes one ticket to win. Please play responsibly. The Iowa Lottery keeps “Play Smart, Be Informed” details here: https://ialottery.com/Pages/PlaySmartBeInformed/PlaySmartBeInformed_main.aspx


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