If you didn’t get a chance to get in on the Powerball frenzy on Saturday night (Jan. 9), fear not: nobody won, Reuters reports.
The record-breaking jackpot that reached nearly $950 million was not claimed after the winning number were announced, and the ante has just been taken up another astounding notch. Officials took to social media to announce that since no one new millionaires ran across their living rooms in a screaming frenzy, the Powerball jackpot is now an eye-bulging $1.3 billion; the winner would walk away with $806 million over 29 years. This sets a new world record for the largest lottery payout in history.
— Powerball USA (@PowerballUSA) January 10, 2016
Powerball Estimated Jackpot for 01/13/2016: AP: $1.30 Billion, CVO: $806 Million https://t.co/Q8ZQJhVAn2
— Texas Lottery (@TexasLottery) January 10, 2016
The Powerball jackpot has been steadily climbing, hitting $500 million last Wednesday (Jan. 6). Before Saturday night’s drawing, $277 million worth of tickets were sold on Friday (Jan. 8), and approximately another $400 million in tickets were purchased on the day of the latest drawing, USA Today reports. With the odds set at one in 292 million, the masses are putting their faith in two-dollar tickets, hoping for a miracle at the start of the New Year. Currently, 44 states participate in the Powerball lottery, whose latest jackpot has rolled over 18 times since Nov. 7.
Raise your hand if you’re willing to test your luck yet again for that billion-dollar “W.”