Topeka, Kan. – The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot. Player excitement is heating up for a Powerball jackpot that has climbed to at an estimated $425 million for Wednesday night’s drawing.
The cash option for anyone lucky enough to match all numbers will be an estimated $244.7 million.
The estimated $425 million jackpot would be the third largest Powerball jackpot in history. The record Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million, captured in Florida on May 18, 2013.
Sales are brisk, as Kansas players try to capture the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday. The most recent Powerball jackpot winner in Kansas was a Johnson County resident, who won $50 million on Dec. 19, 2012. The largest Powerball jackpot winner in Kansas was Donald Damon of Great Bend, Kan., who won a $96.6 million jackpot on Nov. 11, 2009. The largest jackpot ever hit in Kansas was one third of a record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot captured by a Franklin County winner who won $218 million on March 30, 2012.
Keep in mind – a player need not hit the jackpot to win a large Powerball prize. There are nine ways to win in Powerball. If you match the first five numbers, but not the Powerball, you win $1 million. Two Kansas Lottery players did that last month. Nelson Worley of Osawatomie won $1 million in the July 20 drawing, and an Overland Park resident won $1 million in the July 27 drawing.
Both of those $1 million winners could have instead won $2 million each, had they paid an extra $1 for Power Play. Power Play multiplies all Powerball prizes won, except for the jackpot.
Kansas players have until 8:59 p.m. Wednesday night to purchase Powerball tickets. The drawing will be held at 9:59 p.m. Central time.