Powerball jackpot nears $1 billion as drawing for giant prize nears

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A astir $1 cardinal Powerball jackpot will tempt lottery players Monday nighttime who deliberation they conscionable mightiness hit it rich aft 3 months without a large winner.

No 1 has won Powerball’s $975 cardinal jackpot since New Year’s Day, a agelong of 38 consecutive drawings without anyone matching nan game’s six numbers. If nary 1 wins nan jackpot Monday aliases Wednesday night, nan crippled will lucifer its grounds number of 41 consecutive drawings connected Saturday night.

The reason for nan jackpot drought is simple: The likelihood of winning nan apical prize are miserable, astatine 1 successful 292.2 million. It’s those likelihood that create nan ample jackpots that are designed to pull attraction and thrust up sales.

The $975 cardinal prize is for a sole victor who makes nan uncommon determination to beryllium paid complete 30 years done an annuity. Nearly each winners alternatively return nan rate option, which for Monday night’s drafting would beryllium $471.7 million.

Powerball is played successful 45 states positive Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and nan U.S. Virgin Islands.