For those who forked over their $2 or $3 for a Powerball ticket, waiting until 11 p.m. EST Saturday to hear the numbers may be too much to handle. After all, the jackpot is bigger than any seen in the United States before, and at an estimated $900 million, could afford winners the chance to completely turn their lives around.
You can always watch the results on the free app from Powerball, which can to be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple Store. Or you can check the drawing at the Powerball website to see if those five white balls and the one red ball match the numbers you have.
If those two options don’t satisfy, there’s always the standy of watching someone pick the numbers live on TV and placing the individual balls side by side, waiting in anticipation for that last ball to be placed. Not everyone can watch the same station, however, to see if they won.
In regions across the country, different networks are broadcasting the live drawing. CBS offers the viewing experience to Los Angeles, Memphis, Austin and Houston, while viewers in New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh can expect to tune into ABC stations for their lottery fix.
NBC offers the lottery numbers to most of Oregon, Buffalo and Baltimore. A complete list of what stations is offered by Powerball on its website.
No one has won the Powerball since November, which has driven up the take to its historic high, WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh reported. The higher the pot goes, the more people buy tickets, decreasing the chances of anyone in particular winning.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 8, 2016
The likelihood of winning the jackpot is now one in 292.2 million, the New York Post reported. By comparison, you have a better chance of seeing an unidentified flying object, drowning or being declared dead incorrectly by the Social Security Administration than you do winning the Powerball jackpot.