Feeling lucky? As hopeful Powerball lottery winners line up to buy tickets, the jackpot is on the rise. The Powerball winning numbers for the March 23, 2013 drawing are worth an incredible $320,000,000 annuity, or $198,300,000 in cashÂ—and, it's all up for grabs! This is the third Powerball jackpot in less than a year to go over $250,000,000, and you could be the lucky winner.
ABC News says Saturday's Powerball results will be the biggest payout to date this year, and could easily climb before the weekend hits. How high could it go? At this point, it's anyone's guess, but if no one matches all six Powerball numbers on March 23, the jackpot could get as large as $400,000,000 or more!
As hundreds of millions of multimillionaire wannabes are rushing to their favorite lottery retailers, they're plopping down a lot more than they would normally spend on lottery ticketsÂ—in some cases $20-$100 worth! Jeff Anderson, director of the Idaho Lottery hopes the jackpot will only go up. "While this is business as usual, we do expect our retail locations to see an increase in foot traffic over the weekend, as sales have already been brisk," Anderson said.
Powerball Odds of Winning Jackpot
So, what are the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot? Lottery officials claim it's 1 in 175,223,510! NBC News today said the chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are definitely not good. They claim you're more likely to pick a perfect 2013 NCAA bracket predictions, more likely to become president, more likely to die of being left-handed, and other seemingly impossible odds.
Even if it doesn't go up at all, at $320,000,000, NBC News says this is the sixth largest Powerball jackpot ever. The largest Powerball jackpot in history was won in November 2012, when two Missouri and Arizona Powerball winners split $587,500,000. The second largest Powerball jackpot was in February 2006, with one Nebraska Powerball winner scoring the entire grand prize of $365,000,000.
Meanwhile, New Jersey Lottery officials are patiently waiting for four $10,000 Powerball winners to come forward and claim their prizes. Each lottery winner matched four out of five white Powerball winning numbers, but not the red Powerball. The winning Powerball tickets were purchased at Garden State News, 1620 Lemoine Ave., in Fort Lee; Verona Exxon, 101 Bloomfield Ave., in Verona; Luigi Deli & Meat Market, 424 Dover Rd., in South Toms River; and Union Food Store, 90 Union Blvd., in Totowa, for the last drawing on Wednesday, March 20. The Powerball results were 13, 14, 17, 43, 54, and the red Powerball number was 15.
What Time is Saturday's Powerball Drawing?
The next Powerball drawing on March 23, 2013, is scheduled for 10:59 p.m. ET. The Powerball game is played in 42 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Powerball winning numbers are drawn live Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Powerball ticket sales will cut off between an hour to two hours before the drawing.