Two tickets in California came close to winning the $1.2 billion Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night, matching five of six numbers to win more than $1 million each.
The Powerball jackpot jumped to $1.5 billion after no one won it, making it the third-biggest lottery prize in US history. The record is $1.586 billion, set in 2016 and shared by Powerball winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
In Wednesday’s draw, the two California tickets got the first five numbers correctly – 2, 11, 22, 35 and 60 – but missed the Powerball number. The winning tickets are worth $1,044,212 each, and one was sold at Eastland Food Mart in Ontario and the other at 7-Eleven in Milpitas.
Across California, 962,544 partially winning tickets were sold, with prizes ranging from $4 to over $20,000.
No one has won the Powerball jackpot since August 3, when a ticket holder in Pennsylvania scooped a $202 million prize. Since then, there have been 39 consecutive draws without anyone matching all six numbers.
The Powerball jackpot varies depending on how many numbers a player guesses correctly. Correctly guess all five numbers and the Powerball, and the winner can choose to be paid annually over 29 years, or choose cash, which would be $745.9 million, if the jackpot is $1.5 billion. dollars.
The next Powerball drawing is Saturday. Players looking to try their luck in California have until 7 p.m. Saturday to purchase tickets.
Los Angeles Times