The Powerball drawing for a $320 million jackpot price takes place Saturday night with growing anticipation. The drawing time will begin at 10:59 p.m. EST, and players can check the Powerball site to confirm whether they selected any of the winning numbers.
To win the jackpot, a player must have their ticket numbers correspond to the number listed on the five white balls (in any order) that are pulled. They must also select the matching red Powerball. To win the second place prize of $1 million, players need to match their numbers to the five white balls drawn. Powerball also offers opportunities for players to pick up additional, smaller prizes.
Tickets are $2 each and sales are typically cut off 59 minutes prior to the drawing, but the timing varies from state to state.
Powerball numbers are called Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The jackpot prize money sum starts at $40 million, and the pot grows with each drawing that is met with no winning numbers. While people might not take home a jackpot prize, second-place winners can still collect their prize as the jackpot continues to grow.
Jan. 13, 2016 marked the record sum for the jackpot at $1.6 billion. The jackpot prize was split three ways – by a woman from Melbourne Beach, Florida, a couple from Munford, Tennessee and another couple from Chino Hills, California. The Powerball website cites that there have been 1,102,278 Powerball winners.