DORCHESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – The Powerball jackpot has been raised to an estimated $960 million for Saturday’s drawing.

According to the Massachusetts Lottery, the cash option on the prize is now $441 million. This jackpot would be the fourth-largest in Powerball history if someone won on Saturday. The jackpot was last won on July 19, when a $1.08 billion jackpot was won on a ticket sold in California.

Tickets are $2 each and sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased up until 9:50 p.m.

“When playing Powerball and other lottery games, we remind people to keep the experience enjoyable by playing responsibly and within their means,” said Mark William Bracken, Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery.

David Glantz, Owner of Buckeye Brothers Smokeshop in Springfield, says a lot of people have been coming in to buy their tickets, “It’s been fairly busy. A lot of people coming in, playing office polls, and people are putting their money up buying 40-50. And yesterday, I had somebody buy 100 tickets.”

Jack Ryan of Chicopee told 22News, “I don’t usually buy the Powerball or the Megabucks unless it’s a big jackpot, so I could see why it jumps so quickly, and it’s that everyone has the same idea.”

The Massachusetts Megabucks Doubler jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing is an estimated $11 million, with a cash option of $7.31 million. It is the largest jackpot since September 10, 2022, when a record $16.35 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in Ware.

Tickets are $1 each and only available in Massachusetts. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday.

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