Now that the drawing for Wednesday’s huge $700 million Powerball is over, players are already wondering just how much the next Powerball for Saturday night is going to be worth.
Since the jackpot was won by someone in Massachusetts, the Powerball is going to start over at $40 million. The cash value if you choose a lump sum will be $25.3 million.
Keep in mind that the amount is always a bit of a guess, because the jackpot can go up depending on how many people buy Powerball tickets. That’s why the Powerball jackpot is often higher than originally estimated when the jackpot gets bigger. More and more people participate as the jackpot gets larger.
Powerball is played in 44 states in the U.S., plus D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. You can buy your ticket up until about an hour before the jackpot in most states, although some locations may quit selling tickets earlier than that.
If you want to buy a ticket, just go to any gas station, convenience store, or grocery store — most of them will sell Powerball tickets. If you want to make sure, call in advance. It only costs $2 to play. If you don’t want to pick the numbers yourself, just ask the cashier for a “Quick Pick” ticket, and your numbers will be randomly picked for you.
You can only get the big jackpot if you match all five white balls (in any order) and you match the red Powerball. The odds of this happening are a little over 1 in 292 million.
Read more about the first winner that was announced for the biggest Powerball ever, when it got up to $1.5 billion, below: