PORTLAND, Ore. — A $1 million Powerball ticket was sold Wednesday in Portland, the Oregon Lottery announced. Two Powerball tickets worth $50,000 apiece were also sold Wednesday, one in Portland and the other in Troutdale.
The winning numbers for Wednesday's drawing were 2-11-22-35-60, Powerball 23 and Power Play 2.
Despite no grand prize winner from Wednesday's drawing, there were multiple new millionaires Thursday morning. In addition to the $1 million ticket sold in Oregon, players in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia purchased million-dollar tickets matching all five numbers but not the red Powerball. Players in Arkansas, Montana and New Jersey have tickets worth $2 million, matching five numbers with the Power Play.
The Oregon Lottery said more than $6.77 million in tickets have been sold in Oregon since Monday when the Powerball jackpot reached $1 billion.
The next drawing will be held Saturday night. The jackpot for Saturday is estimated at $1.5 billion, the second-largest Powerball amount in history. The $1.5 billion prize on Saturday night is for winners who take an annuity, paid annually over 29 years. Most winners choose cash, and for the next drawing that would be $745.9 million.
There have been 39 consecutive drawings without a Powerball winner, dating back to Aug. 6. If that winless streak hits 40 drawings after Saturday night, the jackpot will certainly grow to be the largest ever in the U.S. and globally.
The record number of consecutive Powerball drawings without a winner is 41, which ended on Oct. 4, 2021, with a $669.8 million winner in California.
Until someone wins this time, the biggest prize remains a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won in 2016 by three ticketholders in California, Florida and Tennessee.
The largest prize ever won in Oregon was a $340 million jackpot in 2005. In 2018, a $150 million Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Salem.
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