December 2, 2023
A Powerball lottery ticket. Photograph by way of @Forbes Twitter

The ninth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. historical past, $1.04 billion, can be on the road in Monday evening’s Powerball drawing after no tickets with all six numbers had been offered for the thirtieth consecutive drawing.

There hasn’t been a drawing with a grand prize winner since July 19 when a ticket value $1.08 billion was offered at a downtown Los Angeles mini-market, the seventh-largest jackpot in U.S. historical past.

Ticket gross sales finish at 7 p.m., and the drawing can be held at 7:59 p.m.

The chances of matching all 5 numbers and the Powerball quantity is 1 in 292.2 million, based on the Multi-State Lottery Affiliation which conducts the sport. The general probability of profitable a prize is 1 in 24.9.

Shopping for tickets at a retailer the place tickets with massive jackpots have been offered previously won’t improve a purchaser’s probability of profitable a jackpot, based on USC arithmetic professor Ken Alexander.

“The prospect {that a} given place will promote a profitable lottery ticket is simply associated to what number of tickets they promote,” Alexander advised Metropolis Information Service.

Nevertheless, gamers wanting a greater probability of avoiding sharing the jackpot ought to select numbers that aren’t chosen as usually, Alexander mentioned. Lottery gamers incessantly select the date of their birthdays as considered one of their numbers, so numbers increased than 31 could be performed much less, Alexander mentioned.

Monday’s jackpot is the fourth-largest within the historical past of the Powerball sport, which started in 1992. There have been 5 Mega Tens of millions drawings with bigger jackpots.

The Powerball sport is performed in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.