The Powerball lottery jackpot jumped to $400 million after nobody won in Saturday night's drawing. The numbers drawn Saturday were 21-24-36-42-45 with Powerball 15.
There were no winners of the big prize, and the jackpot for the next drawing is now estimated at $400 million, Powerball officials said. That would be worth more than $230 million before taxes if taken as a lump sum, Powerball said.
Tickets worth $2 million each were sold in Florida and Texas for Saturday's drawing, and $1 million tickets were sold in five states.
The pot had reached $300 million, bringing out lots of ticket buyers aiming to strike it rich.
“We’ve got the winning ticket, right here,” one man buying a ticket at a San Diego-area store told NBCSanDiego.com before the drawing. “It’s going to help a lot of people.”
While $400 million is a lot, it’s not close to a lottery record. The largest prize ever was $656 million won in the Mega Millions contest on March 30, 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million, won in Florida in May by an 84-year-old widow.
First published August 3 2013, 8:26 PM