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How much is $1 billion?  New Powerball jackpot taller than these skyscrapers

The Powerball jackpot has risen to $1 billion after Saturday night’s draw produced no grand prize winners. This is only the second time that Powerball has reached the billion dollar mark. The biggest jackpot in the game was won on January 13, 2016.

The estimated $1 billion jackpot for Monday (10/31/2022) has an estimated cash value option of $497.3 million.

The grand prize and cash option is a lot of money and would definitely make someone’s Halloween Monday extremely happy. How much is a lot of money? Better yet, how much is $1 billion?

If someone were to stack $100 bills to hit Monday’s $1 billion jackpot, they would reach the top of Willis Tower in Chicago – twice.

Here’s a quick breakdown of jackpot heights, according to the Powerball website.

$1 billion (3,458 feet)
Willis Tower in Chicago, (1,730 ft x 2)

$750 million (2,717 feet)
Burj Kalifa in Dubai

$500 million (1,776 feet)
One World Trade Center in New York

A view of One World Trade Center on October 26, 2022 in New York City. Completed in 2014, 1 WTC was built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, built in a contemporary modern style by architect David Childs. If someone were to stack $100 bills until they hit $500 million, that would be 1,776 feet, which is the height of 1 WTC, including the antenna.
Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

$300 million (1,063 feet)
Eiffel Tower in Paris

$225 million (805 feet)
Bloomberg Tower in New York

$125 million (455 feet)
Great pyramid in Egypt

$85 million (305 feet)
Statue of Liberty in New York

$40 million (145 feet)
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and one of the two biggest lottery jackpot games in the United States. Powerball jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay $1-2 million with a Power Play. Tickets are $2. You can check tonight’s numbers, or all past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.

There are nine ways to win money during Powerball. Just getting the Powerball with no other numbers wins $4, and even more if the power play is purchased for an extra dollar. The same payout goes for a ball plus the Powerball, and $7 is the payout for two correct numbers with the Powerball, or three correct numbers and no Powerball.

If all five numbered white balls are chosen but the red Powerball is incorrect, the payout is $1 million, with an even higher payout if the power play is chosen.

Here are the winning numbers from Saturday night’s draw.

  • Top five: 19-31-40-46-57
  • Powerball: 23
  • Power play: 3x

Saturday night’s 10/29/22 Powerball jackpot was worth $825 million, with a cash value option worth $410.2 million.

The last big winner was 3/8/22 for the $202 million jackpot. This ticket was sold in Pennsylvania. The previous winner before that was 6/29/22 for a ticket sold in Vermont. The previous winner before that was 4/27/22 for a $473 million jackpot with a single ticket sold in Arizona.

The other multi-state lottery is Mega Millions, which is played on Tuesdays and Fridays. Like Powerball, the jackpot resets to $20 million after a jackpot is won, and a 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 potential past numbers.


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