Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot has climbed above the $300 million mark for the first time in two months.
The jackpot for the 11 p.m. drawing is $307 million with a cash option of $193.2 million.
It’s been increasing since it was reset to $40 million for the June 14 drawing. Since then, 16 twice-weekly drawings have been held without a jackpot winning ticket sold across the country.
On June 10, Jeff Lindsay won a $447.5 million Powerball jackpot with a ticket bought in California. It’s the 10th largest prize in U.S. lottery history.
In the last drawing Saturday, two tickets sold in New Jersey matched four numbers and the Powerball. A ticket sold at Acme in Ventnor is worth $50,000. Another — purchased at Lopatcong Quickmart on Baltimore Street in Phillipsburg — is worth $100,000 because the winner spent an additional $1 to exercise the Powerplay option.
Nationally, five tickets were sold that matched five numbers but not the Powerball for the $286 million drawing. Tickets bought in Kansas and Texas are worth $2 million apiece since the buyers exercised the Power Play option. In addition, there were $1 million tickets purchased in Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania.
The numbers drawn were: 11, 21, 28, 33 and 45. The Powerball was 11.
Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of a ticket hitting the jackpot are 292,201,338 to 1. Players have roughly a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to win at least $1 million.