Powerball jackpot climbs to $975 million after no one wins the top prize

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The numbers will be drawn Monday night for an estimated $975 million Powerball jackpot that has been growing since the last winner nearly three months ago.

Monday’s $975 million prize is for a sole winner who chooses an annuity paid over 30 years. Winners who opt for cash would be paid an estimated $471.7 million. The prizes would be subject to federal taxes and many states also tax lottery winnings.

For Saturday’s drawing, the numbers were: 12, 13, 33, 50, 52 and the red Powerball 23. Though no one won the jackpot, four tickets matched five of the numbers to win $1 million each. Those tickets were sold in Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

No one has won Powerball’s top prize since New Year’s Day when a ticket in Michigan hit for $842.4 million, bringing the number of consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner to 37. That winless streak nears the record of 41 consecutive drawings, set twice in 2022 and 2021.

As the prizes grow, the drawings attract more ticket sales and the jackpots subsequently become harder to hit. The game’s long odds are currently 1 in 292.2 million.

Powerball is played in 45 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.