The jackpot in one of many main US lotteries has topped $1bn – and might be gained within the Halloween draw tonight.
The prize within the Powerball is the fifth-biggest jackpot in US historical past.
People have rushed to retailers, supermarkets and petrol stations to purchase tickets, which value $2, forward of the draw simply earlier than 11pm Jap time.
Nobody has matched all six numbers since 3 August, when a ticket holder from Pennsylvania claimed a $206m (£179.5m) prize.
The most important prize ever gained within the US was a $1.586bn (£1.383bn) Powerball jackpot in 2016, which was claimed by three ticketholders.
“The chances of profitable the jackpot are one in 292.2 million”, lottery officers stated.
One other lottery jackpot topped $1bn mark final yr.
On 22 January, a ticket matched all six numbers within the Mega Tens of millions lottery to win the $1.05bn jackpot.
Huge lottery jackpots have change into extra frequent lately as lottery officers have adjusted sport guidelines and ticket costs to pump up the highest prizes.
Powerball officers made the latest tweak in August by including an extra drawing day – going from two attracts per week to a few – in an effort to construct greater prizes and increase gross sales.
Although there’s a slim probability of profitable, the chances of somebody – and even a number of gamers – arising with the profitable numbers is rising, as a result of extra individuals are taking part in because the jackpot grows.
The $1bn jackpot prize is for winners who select to take the total quantity piecemeal over 29 annual funds.
Nearly all jackpot winners determine to go for a decrease one-off fee, which for the draw tonight could be an estimated $497.3m (£433.6m).
The Powerball jackpot begins over once more at $20m (£17.4m) as soon as a profitable ticket matches the drawing, and continues to develop every drawing till it’s gained.
Powerball is performed in 45 states throughout America, in addition to Washington, DC Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.