CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s most popular Lottery game is closing out 2015 with a big jackpot. Wednesday’s Powerball® Jackpot is an estimated $300 million with a cash option of $184.2 million.
“We would love to see someone from West Virginia usher in the new year as a Powerball jackpot winner,” Acting Lottery Director John Myers said. “West Virginia has a great history with the Powerball game. Despite our small size, we have produced eight Powerball jackpot winners and it would be great to see lucky number nine happen.”
No one correctly picked Saturday's winning numbers of 27, 40, 44, 59 and 65 with the Power Ball of 20 and there have now been 15 drawings held since a lottery player in Tennessee won a $144.1 million jackpot on Nov. 4.
This marks just the third time this year that the Powerball® has reached the $300 million mark and should no one match all six numbers on Wednesday, the jackpot will grow even bigger for the first Powerball drawing of the new year on Saturday, January 2.
“Everyone gets excited about large Powerball jackpots,” Myers said. “That said, we want to encourage folks to stay within their means and play responsibly.”
Powerball® tickets are $2 ($3 with the Powerplay option which increases non-jackpot winnings) and can be purchased at West Virginia Lottery retailers up until 9:59 p.m. on draw days. The Powerball drawing is conducted every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m.
The Powerball® drawings are televised live and carried in the state by WSAZ in Charleston/Huntington, WOAY in Beckley/Oak Hill, WDTV in Bridgeport and WHAG in the Eastern Panhandle. Updated numbers and past drawing videos can also be viewed online at www.powerball.com.
West Virginia Lottery proceeds benefit education, seniors and tourism.