The Powerball jackpot for 03/04/23 was $161 million, and here are the winning numbers from Saturday night’s drawing.
- First Five: 10-16-18-40-66
- Powerball: 16
- Power Play: 3x
Saturday night’s 03/04/23 Powerball jackpot was worth $161 million, with a cash-value option worth $82.2 million. There was a lone ticket sold in Virginia that won the grand prize, so the Powerball drawing will reset to $20 million for the Monday 03/06/23 drawing.
The winning numbers last Wednesday (03/01/23) for the $143 million jackpot were: 02-09-28-36-53 with a Powerball of 04. The Power Play was 2x.
There was no grand prize winner on Wednesday but there were three tickets sold that matched the first five white balls, and minus the red Powerball, for the game’s second prize of $1 million. Those tickets were sold, one each, in Florida, Oregon and Texas. Had they purchased the Power Play for an extra $1, their second prize would be worth $2 million.
A Powerball ticket sold in Texas during September 2019. Scott McDonald/Newsweek
The last winning Powerball jackpot happened on 02/06/2023 for a ticket purchased in Washington state. That $754.6 million jackpot was the fifth-largest in Powerball history and the ninth-largest lottery won in U.S. history. It was also the first Powerball jackpot won in 2023.
The final winning jackpot the previous year was won in Kansas on November 19, 2022, for a $93 million drawing. The previous winner before that was in California on November 7, 2022 for a $2.04 billion grand prize. It was the largest lottery jackpot in history.
The last grand prize winner prior to the Nov. 7 drawing was on 08/03/22 for a $202 million jackpot. That ticket was sold in Pennsylvania. The previous winner before that was 06/29/22 for a ticket sold in Vermont. The previous winner before that was 04/27/22 for a $473 million jackpot with one lone ticket that was sold in Arizona. The last grand prize ticket before that was sold on 02/14/22 for a $183 million jackpot. That ticket was purchased in Connecticut.
The previous grand prize ticket before that was won on 01/05/22 for a $630 million jackpot. There were two winning tickets—one each in California and Wisconsin—that split the prize.
The previous Powerball grand prize winner before that was on Saturday 06/05/21 for a $286 million jackpot. That ticket was sold in Jacksonville, Florida, at a Circle K convenience store. The previous Powerball grand-prize winner was 03/27/21 for a drawing worth $238 million.
Normally, the game would reset to a $40 million minimum, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced Powerball officials to cut the minimum jackpot in half, which began with the 04/11/20 jackpot.
The odds of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the jackpot size—according to Powerball’s website.
Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and one of America’s two biggest lottery jackpot games. Powerball jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million with a Power Play. Tickets are $2. You can check the numbers for tonight, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.
There are nine ways to win money during the Powerball. Just getting the Powerball with no other numbers pays out $4, and even more if the power play is bought for an extra dollar. The same payout goes for one ball plus the Powerball, and $7 is the payout for two correct numbers with the Powerball, or three correct numbers and no Powerball.
If all five white, numbered balls are chosen but the red Powerball is not correct, then the payout is $1 million, with an even higher payout if the power play is chosen.
The other multi-state lottery is Mega Millions, which is played on Tuesdays and Fridays. Like Powerball, the jackpot is reset at $20 million after a jackpot is won, and one line of numbers is $2, with a $1 option to multiply their winnings with a Megaplier. Here is the Mega Millions website for more information, or to check any potential past numbers.
Here are the top 10 Powerball jackpots:
1. $2.04 billion (11/07/2022)
Single ticket sold in California
2. $1.586 billion (01/13/2016)
Winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee
3. $768.4 million (03/27/2019)
Single ticket sold in Wisconsin
4. $758.7 million (08/23/2017)
Single ticket sold in Massachusetts
5. $754.6 million (02/06/2023)
Single ticket sold in Washington
6. $730 million (01/20/2021)
Single ticket sold in Maryland
7. $699.8 million (10/04/2021)
Single ticket sold in California
8. $687.8 million (10/27/2018)
Two winning tickets were drawn—one each in Iowa and New York
9. $630 million (01/05/2022)
Two winning tickets—one each in California and Wisconsin
10. $590.5 million (05/18/2013)
Single ticket sold in Florida