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For the third time this year, the Powerball jackpot hits half a billion dollars or more

September 8, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:34 AM
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The Powerball jackpot continues to grow as it now stands at $500 million for Saturday’s drawing.

The jackpot increased by over $35 million after nobody won the big prize in Wednesday’s drawing. A winner on Saturday night could claim the jackpot as a $500 million annuity or $242.4 million in cash.

The $500 million jackpot represents the third time this year that the Powerball jackpot has reached at least half a billion dollars.

Check out how North Carolinians win when they play Powerball:

  • 19,831: The total number of winning tickets in Wednesday’s drawing
  • $9.6 million: The estimated amount raised for education on the current Powerball run

Powerball has gone 21 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner. The Powerball jackpot was last hit in the July 19 drawing when a ticket in California won the $1.08 billion prize.

Players can buy Powerball tickets at any lottery retail location or through Online Play on the lottery’s website or the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.


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9/13/2023 02:25 - joanie m.

In it to win We have had 3 chances to win the Big Money on Powerball this year NC Lets play

9/11/2023 09:30 - lamont f.

Where was the Sept. 8 Cash 5 ticket sold in Raleigh?NC Lottery
Hi, Lamont! The winning ticket from the Sept. 8th Cash 5 drawing was sold in Raleigh, NC!

9/11/2023 09:29 - Roger K.

When are y'all going to change the starting point back to 40 million, I believe it was before the pandemic happened?NC Lottery
Hi, Roger! That decision would come from the Multi-State Lottery Association that oversees Powerball, as we are just one of the participating jurisdictions. At this time, we haven't heard of any plans to return to the starting point of $40 million - but with the way the jackpot has been climbing, it hasn't been taking long to surpass that!

9/09/2023 07:24 - Joe S.

Imagine a half billion dollars...

9/09/2023 07:07 - William G.

Please,play responsible the stakes are high,you got to be in it to win it good luck ?? ??

9/09/2023 06:40 - Brian T.

It is amazing!

9/09/2023 12:10 - Ayonna H.

Ayonna hodges n lawrence ivey has the tickets but don't know what to do

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