One happy lottery winner earned $1.08 billion in July, the last Powerball prize. Washington— After Wednesday night's drawing yielded no winner, the Powerball jackpot rose to $500 million.
Though seven tickets won $150,000 and 17 won $50,000, no millionaires were found. Saturday night's Powerball drawing may prize $500 million with a $242.4 million cash option.
Last July, a California lottery player won $1.08 billion, the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever. Powerball has gone 21 draws without a big prize winner since then.
Summer has brought hefty lottery jackpots. One Florida ticket won the $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot last month, the largest ever.
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In recent years, lottery authorities have modified rules and ticket prices to increase top rewards, resulting in larger jackpots.
Powerball's largest change in 2021 was adding a Monday drawing to its Wednesday and Saturday evening draws. Powerball said adding the Monday drawing will result in "larger, faster-growing jackpots."