Powerball Jackpot Climbs To $590M: Where The Money Goes In MA

MASSACHUSETTS — It’s been a while since Massachusetts residents felt this kind of lottery fever as the estimated Powerball jackpot climbs to $590 million in Saturday’s drawing.

No one matched all six numbers drawn in Wednesday night’s drawing. They were 17, 24, 48, 62, 68 and the Powerball number, 23. The last time the jackpot was hit was with a winning ticket in Ohio worth $252.6 million on April 19.

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The record $2 billion ticket sold for the Nov. 7 drawing isn’t too distant a memory to spark a rush to lottery ticket outlets in Massachusetts ahead of Saturday’s drawing.

In Massachusetts, sales of tickets cut off at 9:50 p.m. on Powerball drawing days. Drawings are held three times a week, at 10:59 p.m. EST on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday.

The 45 states (along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) that offer Powerball and other lotteries give a percentage of ticket sale revenue to various state funds, programs and causes.

In 2021, Mass Lottery distributed $1.1 billion to the state’s arts and culture fund, cities and towns, gambling addiction support and the state’s general fund, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

Winners may choose to receive their prize as an annuity paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or they may take a cash payout, which is estimated at $304.8 million for Saturday’s game. Nearly all winners choose cash.

The odds of winning are abysmal — about 1 in 292.2 million, no matter how many tickets are sold. Odds of winning any prize are better, 1 in 24.9.

If no one wins the jackpot in Saturday’s drawing, the estimated jackpot would become one of the 10 all-time largest Powerball jackpots, bumping the $590.5 million prize claimed in Florida in May 2013.

A Powerball ticket costs $2. For an additional $1 per ticket, players can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times with the Power Play feature. One caveat: The 10X multiplier is only available when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less.

To win the jackpot, a player must match all white balls in any order and the red Powerball number. Lottery officials say chances are higher when players don’t choose their own numbers. About 75 percent of winning tickets over the years were picked by a computer.

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