With tonight’s Powerball jackpot hovering around $500 million, millions of Americans are dreaming big about what they’d do with half a billion dollars (or $327.4 million through the lump sum option.)
But before you dream big, you’ll need to know what five numbers and one Powerball number will be drawn tonight. If you’ll be near a television, check this list of stations broadcasting the $500 million drawing.
If you won’t have access to a television in time for the 10:59 p.m. EST live drawing, you’re in luck (at least when it comes to this part of your $500 million dreams) because the record draw will be live-streamed.
A live stream of the drawing can be found at this link, which includes a countdown until the drawing.
The Multi-State Lottery Association, the nonprofit that holds the Powerball drawings, will also be broadcasting the drawing on its YouTube channel here.
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Wednesday night’s drawing will be one of the most widely watched lottery drawings due to its record $500 million jackpot.
Powerball is played on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and nobody hit the $327 million jackpot in Saturday’s drawing. The winning numbers were 22, 32, 37, 44 and 50 with 34 as the Powerball.
Tonight’s jackpot was originally expected to be around $425 million, but buzz about the growing prize spurred a spike in ticket sales that caused the jackpot to climb to $500 million. You can expect that number to increase as more Americans want to get in on Powerball fever.
"Typically, 60% of sales occur the last day,'' Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, told USA Today. "We'll see how many people decide to play $500 million."
It’s unclear what the final jackpot will be, but Strutt said the association will have to stop at a number because of publicity efforts.
"We're saying $500 million -- it'll be higher,'' Strutt said. "But you've got to stop at a number" for marketing purposes.