The Powerball drawing for Saturday, October 27, 2018, has reached $750 million. This may not be the largest jackpot in Powerball’s history (which was $1.6 billion in January 2016), but it’s certainly substantial. And it looks like YES, someone did win the $750 million Powerball for Saturday, October 27. It typically takes Powerball about one to two hours to process all the tickets and announce if someone won. And right before 1 a.m. Eastern, we found out that at least one person did match all the numbers and won the big jackpot.
Powerball updates its website once it’s known if someone won. The website reads “Pending” until the results are known. Powerball has now changed its website to read that the jackpot is starting over at $40 million for Halloween, October 31.
The winning numbers for tonight were 8 – 12 – 13 – 19 – 27 and a red Powerball of 4. The Power Play was 3x.
Two winning tickets were sold that matched all the Powerball numbers for the big jackpot. The winning tickets were sold in Iowa and New York, WREX reported. That means they will be splitting the big jackpot.
People are already sharing their disappointment about not winning on Twitter.
The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Powerball’s largest jackpot winners include a $1.6 billion jackpot in January 2016 and a $758.7 million jackpot in August 2017. Saturday’s jackpot was projected to be the third-largest in Powerball’s history, unless more played than expected. It was very close in size to the second-largest Powerball we’ve ever had.
People were pretty excited about this Powerball, considering that Mega Millions just gave away $1.6 billion in a jackpot this week to one lucky winner in South Carolina. We may never know who that person is, however, because South Carolina allows its winners to stay anonymous.
In order to win the Powerball jackpot tonight, you have to match all five white balls in any order, and you have to match the red Powerball number too.
If you only match one of the white balls tonight, you won’t win any money. But if you only match one number and it happens to be the red Powerball, you’ll walk away with $4. Not a lot, but enough to buy yourself a couple more tickets. Here’s how the other matches work. If you match all five white balls, in any order, but not the Powerball, then you’ll get $1 million. If you match four out of five of the white balls and the Powerball, you’ll win $50,000. The amount you win drops dramatically after this. You have two ways to win $100: either match four out of five of the white balls OR match three white balls and the Powerball. Next is your shot at $7. You’ll win $7 if you either match three out of five of the white balls OR you match two white balls and the Powerball. Last is your shot at $4, which you could use to buy two more Powerball tickets if you wanted. You’ll get this if you match one white ball and the Powerball OR if you just match the Powerball.
Powerball is played in 44 states in the U.S., plus D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.