Powerball Jackpot Hits Record $425 MillionMonday, November 26th, 2012
Largest Jackpot in History of the Game
Lottery players have a lot to be thankful for, including a record-breaking Powerball jackpot. There was no jackpot winner on Saturday evening, making Wednesday’s drawing worth an estimated $425 million, the largest Powerball jackpot ever. The cash option is $278.3 million. This jackpot has rolled 14 times since early October and, depending on sales, could increase again before Wednesday’s drawing.
Since Powerball began in Maryland, there have been two in-state jackpot winners. On Christmas Eve 2011, a Pennsylvania couple purchased a $128.8 million winning ticket from Wesley’s in Elkton. Just prior to that, in September of the same year, an Abingdon couple took home a $108.8 winning ticket purchased at Wine World in Abingdon. The largest-ever Powerball jackpot, $365 million, was claimed by eight ConAgra Foods co-workers on February 13, 2006 in Nebraska.
The most recent multi-state jackpot win in Maryland took place last March, when the Mega Millions jackpot reached a world-record $656 million. The three winning tickets were purchased in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas. The Maryland ticket, worth $218.6 million, was claimed by three Maryland public education employees.
Powerball drawings can be seen on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV, Channel 11. The drawings are rebroadcast on Maryland Public Television.