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Powerball Drawing For 01/20/21, Wednesday Jackpot is $730 Million

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a close up of a receipt: A Powerball ticket sold in Texas during September 2019. © Scott McDonald/Newsweek A Powerball ticket sold in Texas during September 2019.

The Powerball jackpot for 01/20/21 is $730 million. The Wednesday night drawing will be at 11 p.m. It's the fourth-largest jackpot in the game's history.

This page can be bookmarked and refreshed to see if you hold the winning numbers. Tonight's 01/20/21 Powerball jackpot is estimated at $730 million, with a cash option of $546.0 million. The jackpot could increase if sales further lottery projections, according to officials.

The winning numbers last Saturday (01/16/21) for the $640 million Powerball jackpot were: 14-20-39-65-67 with a Powerball of 02. The Power Play was 3x.

There was no grand prize winner on Saturday, but there 13 tickets sold that matched all five white balls, and just missing out on the red Powerball, for the game's second prize.

Two second-prize tickets sold—one each in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania—are worth $2 million since they paid an extra $1 for the Power Play. There were 11 second-prize tickets that are worth $1 million since they didn't buy the Power Play option. Those 11 tickets were sold in California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia.

The last winning Powerball ticket was sold on August 12, 2020 for a jackpot worth $169 million. That ticket was sold in Florida.

Normally, the game would reset to a $40 million minimum, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced Powerball officials to cut the minimum jackpot in half, which began with the 04/11/20 jackpot.

The previous winning ticket was sold on June 10, 2020. The previous winning ticket sold was purchased in New Jersey for the 04/08/20 jackpot worth $190 million. The previous grand prize won before that was $70 million in the 02/12/20 drawing with a ticket purchased in Michigan. The grand prize winner before that was on 01/29/20. That ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Bonita Springs, Florida, for the $394 million grand prize, which had a cash option of $274.6 million.

The odds of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the jackpot size—according to Powerball's website.

Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Wednesday and Saturday, and one of America's two biggest lottery jackpot games. Powerball jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million with a Power Play. Tickets are $2. You can check the numbers for tonight, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.

There are nine ways to win money during the Powerball. Just getting the powerball with no other numbers pays out $4, and even more if the power play is bought for an extra dollar. The same payout goes for one ball plus the powerball, and $7 is the payout for two correct numbers with the powerball, or three correct numbers and no powerball.

If all five white, numbered balls are chosen but the red powerball is not correct, then the payout is $1 million, with an even higher payout if the power play is chosen.

Video: Friday's Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $750M (FOX News)

The other multi-state lottery is Mega Millions, which is played on Tuesdays and Fridays. Like Powerball, the jackpot is reset at $20 million after a jackpot is won, and one line of numbers is $2, with a $1 option to multiply their winnings with a Megaplier. Here is the Mega Millions website for more information, or to check any potential past numbers.

The current Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $970 million, which is the second-largest in that game's history, and the third-largest lottery jackpot in American history.

Wednesday night we will post the Powerball 01/20/21 drawing payouts and tell if there was a winner and where that winner came from, if so.

Here are the all-time top Powerball jackpot prizes

1. $1.586 billion (01/13/2016)

Winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee

2. $768.4 million (03/27/2019)

Single ticket sold in Wisconsin

3. $758.7 million (08/23/2017)

Single ticket sold in Massachusetts

4. $730 million — CURRENT JACKPOT

5. $687.8 million (10/27/2018)

Two winning tickets were drawn, one sold in Iowa and one sold in New York

6. $590.5 million (05/18/2013)

Single ticket sold in Florida

7. $587.5 million (11/28/2012)

Two winning tickets were drawn, one sold in Missouri and one sold in Arizona

8. $564.1 million (02/11/2015)

Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico

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