Sunday 13 April 2014 – The Powerball jackpot passed the $100 million mark this weekend after players in last night’s draw failed to match all six numbers drawn. The top prize has evaded players for three weeks now and currently stands at an estimated $110 million.
Only one player came close to scooping the top prize when they matched all five main numbers but missed the Powerball. Second tier winners usually receive a guaranteed prize of $1 million but as the winner was from California, their prize was calculated on a pari-mutuel basis. The lucky Californian benefitted from healthy ticket sales and received an increased prize of $1,120,480.
The only other Powerball jackpot to exceed $100 million so far this year reached a staggering $425 million after 14 successive draws without a top tier winner. Retiree B. Raymond Buxton held the only jackpot winning ticket for the drawing on 19 February but waited until 1 April to collect his phenomenal prize.
Californian lottery officials assured the media this was no joke as Buxton stepped forward to claim his win on April Fool’s Day, wearing a comedy t-shirt. Buxton’s publicist, Sam Singer, explained his client was simply exercising “a healthy sense of humour”.
While the current jackpot has a way to go before it reaches the value of February’s jackpot, it’s already the second highest of 2014 so it’s likely that Powerball will begin to attract more and more players. If you’d like to participate in the Powerball draw on Wednesday, and compete for a $110 million fortune, make sure you buy your tickets in plenty of time.