Powerball officials increased the estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing to $825 million. Officials said in a statement on Friday that the second-highest prize in the history of the game was picked up due to strong ticket sales.
Jackpot climbs after $800 millionMatched all six numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing. The winning numbers were a Powerball of 19, 36, 37, 46, 56 and 24.
If someone wins the big prize on Saturday, they can choose to receive their millions spread over 29 years or go with a one-time cash payout, which was estimated at over $410 million.
The odds of winning it all are 1 in 292.2 million. No one has won the jackpot since August 3.
The rising jackpot has made people think about what they would do if they won. Ahead of Wednesday Night’s Drawing, Jane DerushaShe will probably donate some of her winnings to help the homeless in her state and Floridians are still recovering from it. ,
“He’s still a mess in there,” she said.
In Southern California, a man named Cardia told CBS Los Angeles that he would be buying his own music studio.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, Gabriel Benda said he would spread the wealth among his loved ones.
“I’m going to split in half with my brother,” Benda told CBS Bay Area, “and help my family too — help my momma, help my poppa, help with business — and then Save the rest.”