The Powerball 01/13/21 jackpot was the eighth-largest in history, and seven people came so close to winning it. However, they only hit the first five numbers and missed the red Powerball for the $550 million prize.
Now, the national jackpot has risen to $640 million—which is now the fifth-largest jackpot in the game’s history. Here are the numbers from Wednesday night’s 01/13/21 drawing:
Wednesday night’s 01/13/21 Powerball jackpot was estimated at $550 million, with a cash option of $411.4 million. A winner could have claimed the eighth-largest jackpot in the game’s history, but now it moves to the fifth-highest for this Saturday’s drawing.
There were seven players who just missed the game’s big payout. Those tickets were sold in California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Texas and Virginia. The ticket sold in Virginia was worth $2 million since they purchased the Power Play for an extra $1. The other six tickets have a $1 million value.
Here are the eight all-time top Powerball jackpot prizes
1. $1.586 billion (01/13/2016)
Winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee
2. $768.4 million (03/27/2019)
Single ticket sold in Wisconsin
3. $758.7 million (08/23/2017)
Single ticket sold in Massachusetts
4. $687.8 million (10/27/2018)
Two winning tickets were drawn, one sold in Iowa and one sold in New York
5. $640 million — CURRENT PRIZE
6. $590.5 million (05/18/2013)
Single ticket sold in Florida
7. $587.5 million (11/28/2012)
Two winning tickets were drawn, one sold in Missouri and one sold in Arizona
8. $564.1 million (02/11/2015)
Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico
The odds of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the jackpot size—according to Powerball’s website.
Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Wednesday and Saturday, and one of America’s two biggest lottery jackpot games. Powerball jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million with a Power Play. Tickets are $2. You can check the numbers for tonight, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.
The other multi-state lottery is Mega Millions, which is played on Tuesdays and Fridays. Like Powerball, the jackpot is reset at $20 million after a jackpot is won, and one line of numbers is $2, with a $1 option to multiply their winnings with a Megaplier. Here is the Mega Millions website for more information, or to check any potential past numbers.
The Mega Millions jackpot is already at $750 million, the second-highest in that game’s history. That drawing will be held on Friday 01/15/21.
There are nine ways to win money during the Powerball. Just getting the powerball with no other numbers pays out $4, and even more if the power play is bought for an extra dollar. The same payout goes for one ball plus the powerball, and $7 is the payout for two correct numbers with the powerball, or three correct numbers and no powerball.
7 Powerball Players Just Missed on Wednesday, Increasing it Now To $640 Million The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Newsweek.