It’s time to check your tickets, America. After 40 draws without a major Powerball winner, maybe the 41st attempt will be different.
The Powerball numbers officially in the books for the Monday lottery jackpot drawing are worth an estimated $697 million, with a cash option of $485.5 million.
The winning numbers for Monday night’s drawings are 12, 22, 54, 66, 69, and Powerball is 25. Power play was 2.
To put it more bluntly: You’re more than 1,000 times more likely to find a pearl in an oyster shell, get struck by lightning, or date a supermodel.
and you are twice as likely To be killed by a vending machine.
According to Powerball, the jackpot will be the sixth largest in Powerball history and the eighth largest US lottery jackpot ever. If the winner claims the cash option as opposed to the 30-year payout, that person will walk away with $474.8 million.
“A jackpot of this magnitude doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, we see an influx of new players to the game that pushes the jackpot even higher,” said May Shave Reardon, president and president of Powerball Product Group. executive director of the Missouri Lottery, said in a statement.
According to Powerball, the last jackpot was hit in early June, when tickets worth $285.6 million were sold in Florida. Since then, a record 40 consecutive drawings have been made without a grand prize winner.
“More than 90% of the times we would expect a Powerball grand prize winner on or before the 40th draw,” the Multi-State Lottery Association told USA Today. “Every jackpot cycle is unique and is dependent on sales and the current interest rate environment.”
Despite the lack of a winner, in recent weeks many tickets have matched the numbers needed for smaller prizes. On Saturday, one ticket sold in Massachusetts matches a prize of $1 million and 66 tickets matched a prize of $50,000.
According to Powerball, the overall chance of winning any Powerball prize is 1 in 24.9.
“Players should check their tickets closely, because even if they didn’t win the jackpot, they would have won a lower level prize,” said Shave Reardon.
Powerball is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Contribution: Kaitlyn Kanzler, NorthJersey.com; Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star; The Associated Press