No one had all the winning numbers for the $1.2 million jackpot so the Powerball grand prize grows to an estimated $1.5 billion for the next drawing, which is Saturday.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 2, 11, 22, 35, 60 and the red powerball 23.
The million-dollar Powerball ticket was sold in Portland on Wednesday. Players also bought two winning $50,000 tickets, also sold on Wednesday, in Portland and Troutdale.
Saturday’s jackpot is the second largest in Powerball history. The largest Powerball prize ever won in Oregon was $340 million in 2005.
The Oregon Lottery has sold more than $6.77 million tickets since Monday. Sales for Powerball are cut off in Oregon at 7 p.m. Saturday before the 7:59 p.m. drawing.
No one has won the Powerball jackpot since Aug. 3. What’s behind three months of lottery futility? It’s simple math. The odds of winning the jackpot are an abysmal 1 in 292.2 million.
It is because of those long odds that the grand prize has grown so large.
The new $1.5 billion prize is actually for winners who opt for an annuity, paid out annually over 29 years. Nearly all winners choose cash, which for Saturday’s drawing would be $745.9 million.
Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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