You can be a part of history Monday night with a little help a few dozen ping-pong balls. Saturday’s Powerball drawing of 28, 45, 53, 56, 69, and the 20 Powerball yielded no jackpot winners, but one person in Kentucky won $2 million, and 16 people in 12 different states won $1 million for reaching other milestones like matching five numbers. That pushes the jackpot to $1.9 billion, or an estimated cash value of $929.1 million. Jackpots are a significant business driver for local lottery retailers like Parv Jandu of Jandu Petroleum. He said last week that you can feel the extra enthusiasm when the jackpots get this high.
The previous record Powerball jackpot was won in 2016 when three winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee split $1.586 billion. The biggest Wisconsin-based lottery winner was Manuel Franco of West Allis, Wis., who won $768.4 million in the Powerball in 2019.