Powerball® Jackpot Reaches Game’s Fourth-Highest


Ticket Sales for Today’s Drawing End at 8 p.m. MT

ALBUQUERQUE – The jackpot in tonight’s Powerball drawing is $400 million, the game’s fourth-largest prize ever. The jackpot’s cash option is $223.6 million.

New Mexico Lottery players have until 8 p.m. MT to buy tickets for today’s drawing at 8:59 p.m.

Connie and Glenn Farnsworth

Above: Glenn Farnsworth, winner of $1 million Powerball® prize

Record Jackpots

The record Powerball jackpot is $590.5 million. It was won in May by a player in Florida.

The world record jackpot of $656 million is from the Mega Millions® game from March 2012. It was shared by players in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

New Mexico’s record Powerball jackpot is $206.9 million. It was won by a pool of nine players from the Roswell area in September 2008.

The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are approximately 1 in 175 million. The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are approximately 1 in 32.

Since Powerball’s introduction of the $2 ticket and $1 million and $2 million prizes in January 2012, nine New Mexico Lottery players have become Powerball millionaires.

How to Play Powerball

Powerball is played in 45 lotteries. Players choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from 1 to 35. Players can also ask for a “quick pick,” a set of numbers chosen randomly by the lottery’s gaming system. Each wager costs $2.

In addition to the jackpot, there are eight prize levels from $4 to $1 million. The game’s Power Play® option multiples non-jackpot prizes and will double the $1 million prize to $2 million automatically. Power Play costs an additional $1 per play per drawing.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

All profits from the sale of New Mexico Lottery games fund an in-state college tuition assistance program. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $576 million for education and more than 82,600 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.

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