Record Powerball Jackpot now at levels we’ve never seen before. The $770 million has gone a long run without a winner since October 2015 because the game has somewhat changed. Even though, you still have to match 5 white balls and one red ball, the number for the white balls went UP from 59 to 69 while the number for the red balls went DOWN from 35 to 26, meaning anyone’s odd at hitting the jackpot increased from 1:175million to 1:229million
The previous record was a $656 million Mega Millions payout in 2012 handed over to three lucky winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. That $800 million figure is for an annuity paid out over 30 years. If you want your money immediately, which most winners do, you will get an estimated $496 million. Still nothing to sniff at.
At the moment, forty-four states including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands participate in the game while Nevada, Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska and Hawaii do not.