How high is the Powerball now? How much is tonight’s Powerball jackpot? What time is tonight’s drawing? Tonight’s Powerball is more than $100 million, since no one has won since the big drawing on January 13 for $1.3 billion. The numbers will just keep getting larger if no one wins! Get all the details you need on the Powerball amount, the time of the drawing, the livestream, and the deadline here. (If you’re interested in learning more about MegaMillions, another huge national lottery, please see this story.) The winning numbers for February 17 are posted at this link.
DATE: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
DRAWING TIME: 10:59 p.m. Eastern
DRAWING LIVE STREAM: Click Here for all the instructions on how to watch the drawing online.
DRAWING TV CHANNEL: For all the details on how to watch the live broadcast of the Powerball drawing on TV, please see this story.
When & How to Buy Tickets: The deadline to buy tickets is typically 59 minutes before the Powerball drawing, but some states cut off sales earlier. You can buy tickets at any lottery retailer, which is typically a grocery store, convenience store, or gas station. To find out for sure when your state’s deadline is or where the nearest lottery location is, check your state’s lottery website. Tickets cost $2 each.
The lottery is played in 44 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Only two states, Georgia and Illinois, currently let you buy Powerball tickets online. To find out how to purchase tickets online, please see this story.
POWERBALL JACKPOT AMOUNT: $189 Million
Since the winning numbers for the huge billion-dollar jackpot were drawn on January 13, there hasn’t been a jackpot winner in any Powerball drawing. This means that the jackpot has been growing steadily every Wednesday and Saturday. It’s now estimated to be $189 million, which would be $126.2 million in cash if there was one jackpot winner and they chose the lump sum (before taxes.) The drawing is tonight, February 17.
During the last drawing, on Saturday, there were no $2 million winners either, but there were million-dollar winners. In total, there were 774,556 winners ranging from $4 up to $1 million. Be sure and doublecheck your tickets, because winning tickets go unclaimed every year. To learn more about how long the deadline is for claiming a win, please see this story.
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