$2 and a dream: Powerball jackpot reaches $1.55 billion

Published 1:22 pm Monday, October 9, 2023

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The Powerball game just hit another milestone as the $1.55 billion jackpot represents the fourth largest in U.S. history.

A winner tonight could claim the prize as a $1.55 billion annuity or $679.8 million in cash.

Monday’s estimated $1.55 billion jackpot also represents the third largest Powerball jackpot in history. Powerball has gone 34 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner.

“It truly is an amazing run for Powerball and, if it ends tonight, let’s hope it ends with a jackpot winner in North Carolina,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Another great thing about a Powerball run like this is the more than $25 million raised so far for education programs in the state.”

In Saturday’s drawing, two tickets in North Carolina matched four white balls and the red Powerball to win $50,000. One of the tickets added Power Play and tripled to $150,000 when the 3X multiplier hit. The winning tickets came from:

A $3 Power Play ticket from the Duck Thru on South N.C. 581 in Spring Hope that won $150,000

A $2 ticket from the Speedway on Mebane Oaks Road in Mebane that won $50,000

Check out these numbers on how Powerball affects North Carolinians:

  • 134,122: The total number of winning tickets in Saturday’s drawing
  • $25.5 million: The estimated amount raised for education on the current Powerball run

Players can buy Powerball tickets at any lottery retail location or through Online Play on the lottery’s website or the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.8 million a day on average for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.