SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This past weekend came and went without a winner, and that means the Powerball jackpot grows larger — the fifth largest prize in U.S. history.
No one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s $360 million drawing, which means the jackpot has climbed to a near record $450 million. During the day on Tuesday, that rose to $485 million.
The next drawing is Wednesday night.
The odds of winning the jackpot 1 in 175 million, but Powerball player Dalton Reddick of Springfield told 22News that he doesn’t get discouraged by the odds.
“I would love $450 million dollars,” Reddick said. “I don’t put too much into it. We just play. If we win, we win. If we don’t, we get up in the morning and go to work.”
The jackpot winner has the option of receiving the big prize in payments, but most winners have elected to take the one-time cash option, which in this case is $327.7 million.
Players from 44 states along with Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands participate in the Powerball game.