Tonight’s winning numbers are:
10, 14, 50, 53, 63, Powerball 21
The Powerball jackpot keeps rising
Things are getting serious. Tonight’s Powerball drawing is for an estimated jackpot worth more than half a billion dollars.
Specifically, the drawing is offering an annuitized jackpot valued at $550 million. For players who prefer a lump sum payout, Powerball would hand them a check for $335 million.
At that amount, this drawing is set to become the eighth-richest in Powerball history. Overall, it will reside in 11th place for American lottery drawings.
Is this Powerball one of the last major jackpots?
A soaring Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot always garners attention. At the very least, the notion of winning unfathomable amounts of money is enough to occupy people around the water cooler.
However, it’s possible that this drawing will be one of the very last huge events. The Department of Justice‘s new opinion on the Wire Act would render multi-state lotteries in violation of the law.
Needless to say, most state lottery commissions are quite concerned with that possibility. No doubt, those concerns are driving the New Hampshire Lottery Commission‘s lawsuit against the DOJ. The suit is seeking an injunction to bar the DOJ from enforcing its change of heart about the law’s applicability.
A recent DOJ move extended the enforcement deadline for the opinion two more months. So, operators, including lotteries, have until June to bring themselves into compliance.
Whether that timeframe would permit another large jackpot to build is anyone’s guess. So, it may be time to buy a Powerball ticket while you still can.