U.S. Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million for Saturday drawing

(Reuters) – An approximated $455 million Powerball jackpot is up for grabs on Saturday evening, a single of the major in the multi-state U.S. lottery’s background, following 19 straight drawings unsuccessful to deliver a grand prize winner.

File Photograph: A woman fills out a ticket for the $700 million Powerball lottery draw at Periods Sq. in the Manhattan borough of New York January 7, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photograph

The odds of successful Saturday’s drawing, to be held at 10:59 p.m. ET (0259 GMT), are presently 1 in 292 million. A grand prize winner would have the selection of having the $455 million jackpot doled out over 29 many years, or having a a single-time, lump-sum payment of $269.4 million.

If no ticket matches the 6 quantities drawn in the lottery, the jackpot will roll over to the future drawing, on March 21.

The final Powerball drawing to deliver a jackpot winner was on Jan. 6, when a solitary ticket offered in New Hampshire received $559.7 million. The winner, who went beneath the title “Good Karma Household 2018,” selected the lump-sum dollars choice of $352 million.

Powerball’s jackpot hit a report $1.6 billion in January 2016, when three successful tickets were being offered in Florida, California and Tennessee.

Reporting by Andrew Hay Enhancing by Leslie Adler

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