Powerball jackpot offers $865 million, fifth largest in game’s history

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – The Powerball jackpot continues to grow after thirty-six drawings without a winner.

The North Carolina Education Lottery announced tonight’s Powerball drawing will have on the line the game’s fifth largest jackpot. A lucky winner could take home the $865 million as an annuity or $416.1 in cash.

“The Powerball game has a reputation for producing life-changing prizes and tonight’s top five jackpot would certainly qualify,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We have seen 36 straight drawings without a winner but we hope drawing 37 ends the run with a jackpot win in North Carolina. Good luck.”

The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Tune in tonight with WITN-TV for results.