Powerball Jackpot Increased to $450 Million for Wednesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The estimated Powerball jackpot for the Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 drawing, has been increased to $450 million due to strong sales across the country. The jackpot is now the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history.

“Powerball is a jackpot driven game and certainly $450 million is creating quite a buzz,” Acting West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers said. “West Virginia has a great history with the Powerball game and we would love to see our 9th jackpot winner happen this week. As always, we also encourage our players to play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.”

The estimated annuity amount now stands at $450 million with a cash option of $275.4 million. Depending on sales, the estimated annuity amount may be raised again prior to Wednesday night’s drawing.

Wednesday night’s drawing will be the 18th drawing since the most recent Powerball grand prize winner on November 4, 2015.

Plays cost $2 each and the Powerplay (which can increase non-jackpot prizes) is available for an additional $1. Tickets can be purchased at West Virginia Lottery retailers across the State up until 9:59 p.m. on draw days.

The game’s drawings are at 10:59 p.m. ET on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and are broadcast live from Tallahassee, Fla.