No winning ticket means Powerball jackpot could hit $1.3B

No ticket matched all six Powerball numbers following the drawing for a record jackpot of nearly $950 million, lottery officials said early Sunday, boosting the expected payout for the next drawing to a whopping $1.3 billion.

See Full Article

The winning numbers -- disclosed live on television and online Saturday night -- were 16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball number 13. All six numbers must be correct to win, although the first five can be in any order. The odds to win the largest lottery prize in U.S. history were one in 292.2 million.

Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, said they expected about 75 per cent of the possible number combinations would have been bought for Saturday night's drawing.

Since Nov. 4, the Powerball jackpot has grown from its $40 million starting point as no one has won the jackpot. Such a huge jackpot was just what officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, hoped for last fall when they changed the odds of matching all the Powerball numbers, from about one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million. By making it harder to win a jackpot, the tougher odds made the ever-larger prizes inevitable.

The U.S. saw sales of $277 million on Friday alone and more than $400 million were expected Saturday, according to Gary Grief, the executive director of the Texas Lottery.

The record jackpot lured an unprecedented frenzy of purchases. Anndrea Smith, 30, said Saturday that she already had spent more than she usually does on Powerball tickets.

"I bought four yesterday, and I usually never buy any," said Smith, manager of Bucky's gas station and convenience store in Omaha, Nebraska. She's not alone, saying the store sold "about $5,000 worth of tickets yesterday. Usually on a Friday, we might sell $1,200 worth."

Powerball is played in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Wisconsin's Campus Free Speech Act aims to keep doors open as protests stifle lectures

    World News Toronto Sun
    Conservative media commentator Ben Shapiro was just a few minutes into a lecture at the University of Wisconsin Madison last fall when more than a dozen student protesters rose from the audience and began chanting "shame!" and "safety!" in hopes of drowning him out. Source
  • British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of the officially mandated grey slacks. Source
  • Al-Shabab claims responsibility for suicide blast that killed 7 outside Mogadishu police station

    World News CBC News
    At least seven people are dead and a dozen wounded after a suicide car bomb blast at a police station in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, police and an ambulance service said Thursday. The bomber was trying to drive into the Waberi district's police station gate but detonated against the wall instead, Capt. Source
  • 'I don't want you to get shooted': Girl begs mother for quiet after Castile shooting

    World News CTV News
    MINNEAPOLIS -- In the moments after a Minnesota police officer fatally shot Philando Castile, his handcuffed girlfriend began screaming in the back of a patrol car as her 4-year-old daughter begged her to stop. Squad car video from the July 2016 shooting shows Diamond Reynolds and her daughter in the cruiser, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday. Source
  • Forced marriage in Canada 'more prevalent' than thought: ex-child bride

    Canada News CTV News
    Samra Zafar was just 16 years old when her mother told her she would be marrying a 28-year-old man in Canada. Against her wishes, Zafar left her Pakistani family’s home in the United Arab Emirates and started a new life with her husband in Mississauga, Ont. Source
  • Senate ethics committee says Don Meredith harassment inquiry should continue

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — The Senate ethics committee says an investigation into workplace harassment and bullying allegations against Don Meredith should continue. The fact that Meredith is no longer a senator would usually put an end to such an inquiry, but the committee wants the Senate ethics watchdog to press ahead with the probe that began nearly two years ago. Source
  • Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter 'Obamacare'

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage. Source
  • Paris attacker wanted to be seen as martyr by family: Prosecutor

    World News Toronto Sun
    PARIS — The man killed when he drove his car packed with arms and explosives into a police convoy had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group and asked his family to remember him not as a suicide bomber but as a martyr, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said Thursday. Source
  • HBO's John Oliver being sued for defamation by coal industry giant over 24-minute rant

    World News Toronto Sun
    "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver knew he was inviting a legal battle when he used his show Sunday to lambaste one of the country's largest coal mining companies and mock its chief executive. But it had to be done, he said. Source
  • Treasurer's son beats father to death with bat on Father's Day

    World News Toronto Sun
    BARNESVILLE, Pa. — A criminal complaint says an attorney found dead in the home of his estranged wife, the treasurer of a Pennsylvania county, was fatally beaten by his son with a bat on Father’s Day. State police say in the complaint filed Wednesday that 37-year-old Matthew Marchalk had repeatedly threatened 60-year-old Gary Marchalk in recent months. Source