Powerball Jackpot Rolls Over to $104 Million
The Powerball jackpot has rolled over to beat nine figures after no one hit the top prize in Wednesday’s drawing, reaching $104 million for the next drawing on Saturday May 23. The big prize comes despite the decision to reduce the starting jackpot last month due to the impact of coronavirus.
That rule change came into effect from April 8 and meant that the starting jackpot changed from $40 million to $20 million. It hasn’t slowed the momentum of the jackpot too much, as it has taken just 12 rollovers over six weeks to reach nine figures. In the previous run of rollovers, before the rule change, it took 10 rollovers to reach $100 million.
In the most recent draw on Wednesday May 20, one ticket came close to winning the jackpot by hitting five numbers, just a Powerball away from the multimillion-dollar top prize. That lucky ticket was sold in Pennsylvania. The winning numbers from the May 20 drawing were 18, 34, 40, 42, 50, and Powerball 9. The 2x Power Play was selected.
States Lotteries Starting to Reopen
After a long couple of months, during which state lotteries across the U.S. were forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, the first hints of normality are beginning to return. Many state lotteries have started to reopen offices and claim centers so winners can get hold of their prize money a little easier.
The Texas Lottery recently announced that its 16 claim centers will reopen on Monday, June 1, but any claims will be by appointment only. The centers have been closed since March 19 as a precautionary measure and will reopen with “recommended safety and cleaning guidelines” in place. Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, thanked players for their patience and said that the TX Lottery “will continue to monitor the developments of the coronavirus situation day-by-day.”
Indiana’s Hoosier Lottery already reopened its claim centers on Monday, May 18, and like the Texas Lottery all claims are by appointment only. The claim centers are in Indianapolis, Mishawaka and Evansville, and any prizes over $600 can be claimed at those locations. Prizes of less than that can be claimed from Hooser Lottery retailers.
While these states are still the exception rather than the norm, it may be that other states soon follow suit. Offices and claim centers are still closed in most participating states but some, such as Tennessee and New Mexico, have been able to continue operating with limited staff and reduced hours.
Go to the Coronavirus Updates page to see the status of claim centers and lottery offices in all Powerball jurisdictions. If you want to know more about how to claim, including whether you can mail in your claim, head to the Participating States page and select yours for more information.
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