The Powerball jackpot hit the $1 billion mark this week for only the second time in the game’s history. With no jackpot winner on Oct. 31, the jackpot swelled to $1.2 billion for the next drawing on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
As the jackpot skyrockets, so do lottery ticket sales. That usually means more winners of non-jackpot prizes. On Monday night, two tickets sold in Ohio hit the second prize of $1 million. To win the second-highest prize, a ticket has to match the first five numbers drawn, missing only the Powerball.
Those Ohio Lottery winning tickets were sold at:
- Par-Mar, located at 38175 State Route 7, Washington County
- Norwalk Mickey Mart at 331 Milan Roadd, Huron County.
The winning numbers on Monday, Oct. 31 were 13-19-36-3-59 and Powerball 13.
More October Ohio Lottery winners
Monday’s winners weren’t the only ones to hit it big this month. On Oct. 15, a player in Cuyahoga County also won $1 million. That ticket was sold at Corner Market BP in Lyndhurst.
In the same drawing, a ticket sold in Madison County hit the third-tier prize with Power Play to win $250,000. Without the $1 Power Play add-on, that prize would have been $50,000. The Power Play multiplier was 5. That ticket was sold at London Gas Station in London.
It’s all about the Powerball jackpot
At the current sum of $1.2 billion, the Powerball jackpot ranks as the second-highest in the history of the game, and the fourth-largest in U.S. history. The jackpot grows with every drawing, resetting only when someone wins it. There have been 38 drawings in a row without a jackpot winner, allowing the prize to pile sky-high.
There hasn’t been a Powerball jackpot winner in Ohio since 2014 when a player in Conneaut, Ashtabula County hit the $124.9 million prize. That winner chose the cash option of $73,120,898.02 before tax withholding. Since Powerball launched in Ohio in 2010, there have been three Ohio jackpot winners.
All tickets sold have the exact same chances of hitting the jackpot, no matter where it was sold or how high the prize goes. Some states have seen more winners than others, simply because more tickets are sold in those states. The odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million, and the odds of a second-tier win are 1 in 11.68 million.
Powerball tickets cost $2 per play. Tickets are available in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ohio currently does not offer online lottery ticket sales, so players have to visit a licensed retailer.
More than half of the proceeds from Ohio ticket sales remain in Ohio and are used to fund education in the state. Last year, the Lottery contributed $1.359 Billion to the Ohio Lottery Profits Education Fund.