According to the Associated Press, far fewer tickets are being purchased compared to 2016 when the Powerball set the record of $1.5 billion.
During Wednesday night’s drawing (November 2) for $1.2 billion, only 46.6% of the 292.2 million number combinations had been played. That was roughly a 10% jump from Monday night’s drawing, an indication that as the jackpot climbs, so are ticket sales.
But, the percentage is still extremely low compared to the 2016 drawing when a whopping 88.6% of the possible number combinations were played, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.
While no ticket holders hit the Powerball jackpot during Wednesday’s drawing, 19 tickets matched five white balls and earned the players $1 million. 3 lucky winners had matched the five white balls and purchased a multiplier, turning their winnings into $2 million.
The current record is the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot split between three lucky ticketholders from California, Tennessee, and Florida in 2016.
According to Powerball, the odds of winning a prize of any amount are the same, regardless of the size of the jackpot or how many tickets are purchased. The odds remain 1 in 24.9. But, there is one surefire way of increasing your odds. The answer is obvious….You can’t win if you don’t play! And, with a lower number of ticket sales than before, it just might be worth giving it a shot.