The next drawing will be Wednesday and an estimated $700 million awaits the lucky player.
The cash option for Monday’s drawing was an estimated $299.8 million. Wednesday’s cash option is an estimated $335.7 million before taxes. With a number so high, everyone seems to have their own vision of what they’d do if the balls bounce their way.
“I’m gonna rent me a helicopter and throw money around Greenfield and take care of all my family,” said Aurelio Espava of Greenfield.
Not only does the potential of winning $700 million raise the hopes for lottery ticket buyers, it increases business at supermarkets like Fosters in Greenfield and other stores across the Commonwealth.
“People only play it when it gets over that $4-500 million range, I guess $2-300 million isn’t enough. The lottery has been good for us and it’s great to be an agent. We love those huge jackpots,” said Fosters President and CEO Matthew Deane.
Monday’s winning Powerball numbers were 18, 23, 35, 45, and 54. The Powerball number was 16 and the Power Play was 4X.
Monday’s jackpot was the eighth largest in Powerball history. No one has won the Powerball jackpot since August when a winning ticket for $206.9 million was sold in Pennsylvania.
It’s been a year for big jackpots, with a $1.28 billion Mega Millions ticket sold in Illinois in July. In January, the seventh-largest Powerball jackpot – $632.6 million – was split between winning tickets in California and Wisconsin.
Even if you don’t win the big jackpot, there are still several prizes available. Tickets that match only the Powerball are worth $4, but if a player plays the 10X Power Play, that turns into $40. A ticket that matches all five numbers, but misses the Powerball, is worth $1 million, but Power Plays could multiply that.
Winning numbers are pulled every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST.