Second-highest in game's history.
Saturday night’s Powerball jackpot has Marylanders running to the nearest store to pick up what might be the lucky ticket. As a result, strong nationwide sales have pushed Saturday night’s jackpot from $475 million to $550 million, sweetening the pot even more for players. The cash option is now $350.1 million. The Powerball jackpot has rolled 13 times since early April and has become the 3rd largest jackpot in U.S. history.
Since Powerball began in Maryland in 2010, there have been two in-state jackpot winners. On Christmas Eve 2011, a Pennsylvania couple purchased a $128.8 million winning ticket from Wesley’s in Elkton. Prior to that, in September of the same year, an Abingdon couple took home a $108.8 winning ticket purchased at Wine World in Abingdon. The largest ever Powerball jackpot, $587.5 million, was claimed by a family in Missouri and a man who chose to remain anonymous in Arizona.
The more recent multi-state jackpot win in Maryland took place in February, when a Mt. Airy couple won $26 million playing Mega Millions. So far this year there have been four $1 million second-tier Powerball winners.In addition to the ballooning Powerball jackpot, Mega Millions has also been on a roll. The other multi-state game rolled after Tuesday night’s drawing, making Friday’s drawing worth a healthy $190 million.
Watch Powerball drawings on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV, Channel 11. The drawings are later rebroadcast on Maryland Public Television. The multi-state game is sold in 45 states and jurisdictions. California is the most recent lottery to begin offering the game.
Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has awarded more than $19.8 billion in prizes to players and $12.8 billion in revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to mdlottery.com .