The Powerball jackpot continues to grow. Up for grabs now: an estimated $625 million.
The lottery jackpot stands as the fourth-largest in Powerball history and the seventh-largest in the history of the US lottery.
Should someone win today’s drawing, they can collect a lump sum check for $380.6 million.
“A lot like flowers in the southwest, this $625 million Powerball jackpot is a spectacular super bloom,” Powerball Product Group Chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO David Barden said in a release. “It does not happen often — and when it does, everyone wants to be a part of it.”
Saturday’s winning Powerball Numbers
Here are Saturday’s winning Powerball numbers:
Winning numbers: 66 – 52 – 60 – 24 – 25
Powerball: 5 (Powerplay 3×)
Those looking to cash in on this giant jackpot can visit any of the Pennsylvania Lottery retailers to purchase tickets. Fortunately, once in hand, those tickets can be scanned by the PA Lottery mobile app. The app will let participants know if a ticket is a winner.
The last Powerball jackpot to hit came Dec. 26 in New York. Since then, 24 drawings have come and gone without a winner.
“It is fun to dream how this jackpot could change lives,” Barden said in the release, emphasizing the need for ticket-buyers to play responsibly. “It only takes one ticket to win.”
Odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot
Even if a ticket does not match all six numbers, prizes exist for various combinations. Feeling lucky? Here are the odds for each of the prizes:
|Numbers Matched||Prize Amount||Odds of Winning|
|5 + Powerball||Jackpot||1 in 292,201,338.00|
|5 w/o Powerball||$1 million||1 in 11,688,053.52|
|4 + Powerball||$50,000||1 in 913,129.18|
|4 w/o Powerball||$100||1 in 36,525.17|
|3 + Powerball||$100||1 in 14,494.11|
|3 w/o Powerball||$7||1 in 579.76|
|2 + Powerball||$7||1 in 701.33|
|1 + Powerball||$4||1 in 91.98|
|Powerball||$4||1 in 38.32|
PA Lottery players cashing in the meantime
Wednesday Powerball earns $100K for PA player
While no Powerball jackpot winner came out of the drawing earlier this week, one ticket earned a decent-sized payday.
A ticket purchased at ACME Market in Phoenixville matched four of five white balls (10-14-50-53-63) and the Powerball (21) to pay out $100,000.
For its part, ACME received a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
All told, more than 175,000 Powerball players won prizes earlier this week.
PA Lottery awards record Cash 5 jackpot
Powerball isn’t the only game with big paydays for players. There are several PA-specific draw games that can result in million-dollar prizes.
For example, earlier this month, the PA Lottery draw game Cash 5 boasted its largest jackpot. On March 8, one lucky player collected the record prize.
That player, Columbia County resident Luther Coleman Jr. recently collected his PA Lottery check. The $2,488,733 jackpot is the largest in the 27-year-history of the game.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to congratulate the winner of this historic jackpot,” PA Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko said in a release. “This jackpot run also produced thousands of other winners across Pennsylvania, which helps the Lottery fulfill its mission of generating funds for older Pennsylvanians.”
Coleman entered a Sheetz in Berwick to make a purchase. With the remaining $1 in change, he bought a Quick Pick at a PA Lottery machine at the store. That purchase changed his life. Additionally, Sheetz received a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket. Coleman spoke about his life-changing win:
“When someone hears a story that I went out and bought the ticket with a $1 Quick Pick, you have to say that it can happen. My joke was that I was hoping to get my retirement package out of the machine. Lo and behold, it happened.”