WASHINGTON — The Powerball jackpot is growing again after nobody won Saturday night's $400 million prize. The total will climb to at least $416 million for Monday night's drawing.
The winning numbers for the Christmas drawing were 27-29-45-55-58 and the Powerball was 2. The Power Play was 3X.
In order to win the jackpot, a person has to correctly match all five white ball numbers and the Powerball. The odds of doing that are 1 in 292.2 million.
There were $1 million winners in California, South Carolina and Tennessee who correctly matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Powerball.
If someone wins Monday and takes the cash payout, they would walk away with almost $300 million.
Saturday marked the third time this year that the Powerball jackpot has hit the $400 million mark. No one has hit the jackpot since Oct. 4, when a single ticket sold in California matched all six numbers and was the lucky winner of the nearly $700 million prize. That jackpot was the seventh largest in U.S. lottery history and fifth largest in Powerball history.
Powerball is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Earlier this year, Powerball added a Monday drawing to its weekly lineup of Wednesday and Saturday evening drawings. At the time of the announcement, Powerball proclaimed the addition of the Monday drawing would lead to "larger, faster-growing jackpots."
The Powerball website says game sales are usually stronger for a Saturday drawing versus a Wednesday or Monday drawing, which means the jackpot will be pushed higher on those days.
According to the Associated Press, the odds of winning the jackpot are the same odds as flipping a quarter and having it land on heads 28 times.