The winning numbers for Monday night’s Powerball draw are: 13-19-36-39-59 and a Powerball 13. The estimated jackpot had risen to just under $1 billion, the second highest prize in the history of the game.
People flocked to convenience stores, grocery stores, and gas stations across the country on Halloween in hopes of buying the winning ticket.
Among them was Janice Turner, one of a steady stream of people—some in costumes—purchasing Powerball tickets from an open-air kiosk in downtown Manhattan.
“I hope to be the next billionaire,” Turner said. “I think it’s going to be Halloween.”
Along the same lines was Scott Henyan, who was already planning a jackpot win.
“I would definitely retire, finish my house, probably buy another house, maybe buy some nice cars, take a nice vacation,” he said. “And then I probably gave all my friends and family the chance for the rest of their lives to travel the world, you know, doing what I wanted.”
In Houston, 60-year-old Candy Dumas, a real estate agent, said she came to a Super K Food Store because of the high payout.
“If I’m the lucky winner tonight, the first thing I’m going to do is definitely give some to my church,” Dumas said. “The second would be to buy a house for my kids. That’s what I want to do to help my family for sure.”
Guru Redey, an attendant at the store, said people come to the store from miles away because it has a history of selling big jackpot winners and people like to dream of owning expensive things they can’t afford.
Dozens of people, including Orelia Pearson, lined up Monday to buy tickets at the Bluebird Liquor Store in Hawthorne, Calif., which also has a reputation for being a lucky store.
“It’s a good place to come,” Pearson said. “And if it’s a good place to come, you have to come and play and put your mind to it and be positive and things will happen for you.”
And Sally Tanner said she would be giving away a large chunk of her winnings after buying herself a house and paying off her son’s college tuition.
“We’re going through a recession right now,” Tanner said. “The economy is bad, so I’d be a giver. I’m a giver, but I’ll keep some for us. I think my cup will be full, but if it overflows, I’ll bless others.”
The jackpot shot up after no one found all six numbers in. It is the fifth largest lottery jackpot in US history. The biggest prize was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won by three cardholders in 2016.
Since August 3, no one has hit all six numbers, a testament to how slim the odds of winning the jackpot are: 1 in 292.2 million.
Monday’s huge jackpot comes less than two years after another lottery hit the $1 billion mark. One ticket matched all six numbers drawn from January 22, 2021 in the Mega Millions lottery to win the $1.05 billion dollar jackpot.
Huge jackpots in lotteries have become more common in recent years as lottery officials have tweaked the game rules and ticket prices to pump up the top prizes. The most recent adjustment came in August, when Powerball officials added an additional draw day — going from two draws a week to three — in an effort to build bigger prizes and boost sales.
While the odds of winning are slim, the odds of someone — or even several players — coming up with the winning numbers are growing. That’s because as the jackpot grows, more people step up to play.
The $1 billion jackpot prize is for winners who choose to receive the full amount piecemeal over 29 annual payments. Nearly all winners will opt for a lower cash payment, which would be an estimated $497.3 million for Monday’s draw.
Once a winning ticket matches the draw, the Powerball jackpot starts again at $20 million and each draw continues to grow until it is won.
Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.