Another uneventful Powerball drawing concluded on Saturday, with no Match 5 or Top Prize winners. The jackpot continues to grow and now sits at an estimated $113 million for Jan. 31. Before taxes, the lump sum cash value of the prize is about $78 million.
Check the winning numbers here after the drawing at 11 p.m. tonight.
PowerBall Winning Numbers for Monday, January 31, 2022
Winning numbers: 10 – 15 – 51 – 61 – 69
The ebb and flow of big lottery wins
So, what’s behind the lack of higher-tier Powerball prize winners lately? Well, firstly, those prizes are just plain hard to win. The exact odds of hitting the rolling jackpot Top Prize are 1 in 292,201,338. The odds of matching just the five white balls to win the second-tier prize of $1 million are 1 in 11,688,053.52. The odds don’t change, no matter what the jackpot prize is. The only way to increase your odds of winning is to play more sets of numbers.
So, fewer winners only indicates lower ticket sales. The recently soaring Mega Millions jackpot is likely a contributing factor to lower Powerball sales. It stands to reason that if the odds are about the same, lottery players will shoot for the larger potential prize and buy a Mega Millions ticket instead of Powerball. We’ll likely see more big Powerball winners now that the Mega Millions jackpot has reset after it was hit on Friday.
A Powerball ticket sold in Lehigh County, PA hit the third-tier prize level by matching four of the five white balls plus the Powerball. With the 4x multiplier, the ticket purchased with the Power Play option is worth $200,000. Ten other tickets also won at that level, most winning the base prize of $50,000 without Power Play. The odds of winning the third-tier prize are 1 in 913,129.18.
Buy Tickets Online in PA
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