Despite the recent Powerball frenzy in Washington and around the country, nobody bought a ticket matching all numbers for Saturday night’s drawing, officials said. But tickets carrying a $1 million prize were sold in Maryland and Virginia.
In Maryland, the “second-tier” ticket was purchased at a Food Lion supermarket in Berlin, on the Eastern Shore, said state lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett. Million-dollar tickets must match the first five numbers drawn.
Those who bought tickets for the Saturday drawing, with its estimated $900 million jackpot, need not spend too long mourning their dashed dreams.
The next, even more potentially rewarding drawing, capable of creating even more expansive fantasies, will be held on Wednesday night. Tickets can be bought until 9:59 p.m. that day.
As of Sunday night, the jackpot was expected to be $1.3 billion, with an $806 million cash value, according to the organization that runs the multistate drawing.
This, said Everett, is thought by lottery officials to be a world-record jackpot.
On Saturday, Everett said, more than $11 million was spent in Maryland on tickets.
She expected sales may be even bigger for the billion-dollar drawing.
“Heck, yes,” she said. The huge jackpots are attracting “everybody . . . people who don’t play, infrequent players,” she said, adding that people were calling to ask “How do you play?”
Virginia Lottery spokeswoman Jill Vaughan said she expected that as many as 21,000 tickets a minute would be sold for the upcoming drawing.
A winning ticket must match five numbers, each ranging from 1 to 69, and a sixth number, the Powerball number, which ranges from 1 to 26.
The odds of matching all the numbers are 1 in 292 million.
Saturday’s winning numbers were 16, 19, 32, 34 and 57, with a Powerball number of 13.