Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen
Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

Get ready for the greatest “Powerball fever” ever to hit the nation for this coming Wednesday’s record drawing that could be worth $1.3 billion – that’s “billion” with a “b.”

Despite a nationwide ticket-buying frenzy that drove the jackpot to about $950 million, there were no tickets with all the necessary numbers sold in Saturday night’s Powerball lottery drawing, meaning that Wednesday’s record-setting jackpot is expected to climb to at least $1.3 billion.

The numbers drawn Saturday night were 16, 19, 32, 34 and 57, with the Powerball number 13.

In California, six tickets matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball number.

Those tickets — one of which was bought in Orange County’s Dana Point — will be a handsome consolation prize of almost $780,000 each.

Last night was the 19th Powerball drawing since the last jackpot winner in early November.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number are about 1 in 293 million, according to the Powerball website. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.87.

The Powerball game is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

— City News Service


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