18M People Actually Did Win Powerball
'Smaller' prizes go up to $2M
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2016 5:00 PM CST
In this Jan. 9, 2016 file photo, Powerball tickets are shown in San Lorenzo, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – So nobody won the record $949.8 million Powerball jackpot on Saturday. The good news is that 18 million people actually won a prize thanks to their combination of numbers, Vocativ reports. Considering the odds—roughly one in 292 million to win the big prize, but one in 25 of winning something—it's no surprise that many people won prizes from $4 to $2 million. Divided by state, bettors in New Jersey and Delaware fared the best and Vermont the worst, with only 10 winners for every 1,000 people. Meanwhile, the jackpot has crept up to a stunning $1.3 billion. "It's crazy how big this jackpot is," a California lottery spokesman tells Reuters. "Buckle up: It's going to be a crazy ride between now and Wednesday night."