A very lucky winner could earn an estimated $670 million from Monday's Powerball drawing after no tickets hit all five numbers and the Powerball on Saturday night.
The new Powerball jackpot, if won, would be sixth largest in the game's history and the eighth largest U.S. lottery jackpot of all time, according to powerball.com. If the winner claims the cash option as opposed to a 30-year payout, the individual will walk away with $474.8 million.
Since June 5 a record 40 consecutive Powerball drawings have taken place without a grand prize winner. The June ticket, worth $285 million, was sold in Florida.
The numbers for Saturday night's drawing were 28, 38, 42, 47, 52 and the Powerball was 1. A ticket sold in Massachusetts matched five numbers for a $1 million prize.
Saturday’s jackpot of $635 million would have been the 10th largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever won. The biggest: A cool $1.586 billion that was split among winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
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The jackpot awaiting Monday's hopeful lottery participants hasn't been this big since Jan. 29, when an anonymous Maryland group won $731.1 million.
Those winners, self-described as “The Power Pack,” bought a single ticket at a market in Lonaconing, Maryland, on Jan. 20. They chose the $546.8 million cash option and took home almost $370 million after taxes.
The Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency said that person who bought the ticket “checked it about a half dozen times” before telling the rest of the winners “this can’t be right; I’m going to work.”
Since Aug. 23, Powerball drawings have been held three times a week in an effort to increase interest and grow prizes more quickly. Drawings are held each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EDT.
One thing that hasn’t changed, though, are the long odds of winning the jackpot – one in 292.2 million.
Contributing: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Powerball jackpot hits $670 million for Monday; no winner since June
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