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April 2, 2024

The Powerball Jackpot Soars to $1 Billion: What You Need to Know

Samuel Kiprop
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  • Key Takeaway One: The Powerball jackpot hits a monumental $1 billion, marking it as the fifth-largest in the game's history.
  • Key Takeaway Two: Winning numbers for the massive jackpot will be revealed shortly after 11 p.m. ET on Monday.
  • Key Takeaway Three: A lump-sum winner could take home $483.8 million after taxes, opting for the cash payout.

The anticipation has reached a fever pitch as the Powerball jackpot for Monday's drawing has ballooned to an eye-watering $1 billion. This staggering amount places the prize among Powerball’s top five jackpots ever, stirring dreams of unimaginable wealth across the nation.

The Powerball Jackpot Soars to $1 Billion: What You Need to Know

The ritual of the numbers being selected just after 11 p.m. ET on Monday is one watched by millions, holding their breath for the possibility of their lives changing overnight. We promise to deliver the results here, hot off the press, as soon as they are available.

For the lucky individual or individuals who manage to beat the odds, the decision of taking the lump-sum payment is a lucrative one. With $483.8 million up for grabs post-taxes, it’s a life-altering amount by any measure.

How to Play Your Shot at a Billion

Intrigued about throwing your hat in the ring? Here’s how you can get in on the action. To purchase a $2 Powerball ticket, you’ll need to visit local spots like convenience stores, gas stations, or grocery stores. In select states, the digital age allows for online purchases, simplifying the process even further.

Selecting your lucky numbers involves choosing five white balls (ranging from 1 to 69) and one Powerball (ranging from 1 to 26). For those looking to elevate their chances, there’s the “Power Play” option for an additional $1, multiplying winnings for all non-jackpot prizes by 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, or even 10X.

And for those who prefer to leave their fate to chance, the "Quick Pick" option allows a cashier to provide computer-generated numbers, no muss, no fuss.

Jackpot Dreams and Where to Buy

With drawings held every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday night, the jackpot only grows if there’s no winner, adding millions to the prize each time. Tickets are widely available at gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, and even some airport terminals.

Digital enthusiasts can lean on Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, available in several U.S. states and territories. This app simplifies the lottery experience, allowing players to select their game, numbers, and even collect winnings all from the comfort of their phone or computer.

Remember, Jackpocket is a gateway to this world of dreams, an official partner that brings the lottery into the modern age. (First reported by: USA TODAY Network)

As we stand by for the winning numbers, the billion-dollar question remains: Who will emerge as the newest member of the billionaire's club? The clock ticks, the nation waits, and only time will tell.

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