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Powerball jackpot reaches $1 billion for the third time in game history

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The Powerball jackpot has reached the $1 billion mark for the third time in game history after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Monday night.

The winning numbers during Monday’s drawing were white balls 5, 8, 9, 17, 41, and red Powerball 21. The Power Play multiplier was 4X.

Even though the jackpot was not hit, lotteries are urging players to check their tickets for one of the nine ways to win.

The Monday drawing produced more than 2.8 million winning tickets nationwide, with players winning lower-tier cash prizes worth a combined $41.7 million.

Although no million-dollar prizes were won in Mississippi, there are 88 tickets nationwide that won $50,000 prizes and 28 tickets that won $200,000 prizes.

At this time, the grand prize is sitting at the seventh-largest U.S. lottery jackpot and the third-largest Powerball jackpot in game history, only behind the world record $2.04 billion jackpot that was hit last year and the $1.586 billion jackpot won in 2016.

So far, there have been 38 consecutive drawings without a winner after the last Powerball jackpot was hit in the April 19 drawing, when a ticket in Ohio matched all five white balls and the red Powerball to win a grand prize worth $252.6 million.

The billion-dollar jackpot is currently sitting at an estimated cash value of $516.8 million for Wednesday night’s drawing. The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

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