April 9, 2014 – Saturday’s Powerball jackpot has an estimated value of $94 million – no small prize for any player to win.
But Powerball fans may have noticed a recent string of smaller-jackpot winners, so will Saturday’s drawing find another jackpot winner, or will the prize grow past $100 million?
The last time the jackpot estimate was over $100 million was all the way back in February, when a single winner scored a $425 million prize.
That winner, B. Raymond Buxton from California, claimed his prize on April Fool’s Day more than six weeks after winning the jackpot on the Feb. 19 Powerball drawing.
That means it’s been about two months since Powerball players have seen a nine-digit jackpot estimate ($100,000,000 or more). In that time there’s been 13 drawings and two jackpot winners; one California player won $60 million and a Missouri couple won $96.5 million.
All these jackpot winners might make some players feel like it’s a lucky time of year, but for many other people in the US, all the recent wins has put Powerball out of their minds.
It’s about time for another round of “jackpot fever.” About a month from now will mark the anniversary of Gloria C. Mackenzie’s $590.5 million Powerball jackpot win, the largest prize ever claimed by a single winner. Could the record be broken?
In the current jackpot run, it’s not likely we’ll beat the record before May 18. The jackpot would have to grow more than $500 million over the next month, or by more than $60 million in each of the next eight drawings.
But, while we may not see a new record until June or, if another lucky winner hits all six numbers, later than that, records are made to be broken.
And with tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, I’ll take my $2 chance at winning big – record or not.