The Powerball jackpot is on the upswing again, growing to more than $400 million on the Thanksgiving holiday and just in time to recoup after Black Friday losses.
The jackpot was an estimated $403 million on Thursday with a $243.8 million cash value after no winning numbers were selected in a Wednesday night drawing.
The next drawing is scheduled for Saturday night and the jackpot could grow in the meantime.
The prize is on the brink of becoming one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history if it keeps rolling with no lucky winners.
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The Powerball jackpot is on the upswing again, growing to more than $400 million
A record-setting $1.6 billion jackpot was reached in January.
The numbers during Wednesday night’s drawing were 7, 32, 41, 47, 61 and the Powerball was 3.
Three lotto players in California, Maryland and Florida matched the first five numbers and won $1 million each, according to WXIA.
In September, William and Heather ten Broeke from Georgia won the $246 million jackpot and selected the cash option which totaled $165,613,511 before taxes.
No one has topped the prize since the couple won on September 17 and the jackpot has been growing ever since.
Should someone match the winning numbers on Saturday including the Powerball, they would take home the ninth largest Powerball in jackpot history.
The win would also be the 13th largest prize in the US including winners of the MegaMillions lottery, which has a $20 million jackpot ahead of Friday’s drawing.
At the start of the week, the Powerball jackpot was an estimated $359 million before it grew to $403 million on Thursday
Already this year, three of the 10 largest Powerball prize payouts and one of the largest MegaMillions pots have occurred.
The eighth-largest U.S. lottery jackpot of $487 million was claimed in September by a New Hampshire family.
The winning ticket for the July 30 drawing was sold at a Hannaford supermarket in Raymond, a town of about 10,000 residents.
Lawyers for the family claimed the jackpot on their behalf, saying the winners wished to remain anonymous but would do ‘great things’ with their newfound wealth.
Their final payout after taxes was $256 million, and the money was placed in a trust.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.
The popular game is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In September, William and Heather ten Broeke from Georgia (pictured) won the $246 million jackpot and selected the cash option which totaled $165,613,511 before taxes