TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ---- The jackpot for the POWERBALL drawing has grown to an estimated $280 million, Wednesday.
POWERBALL jackpots start out at $40 million and continue to grow until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the 5 white ball numbers and the red POWERBALL. The odds of winning a prize in the game are one-in-24.87.
In addition to the jackpot, players have eight other ways to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million or up to $2 million if the ticket includes Power Play.
Since joining POWERBALL in 2009, the game has generated $1.82 billion in contributions to education statewide. Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, with more than 82.6 million winning tickets totaling more than $2.3 billion in prizes, including 12 jackpot winners.
Florida was also one of the three states nationally to have a winner share in the world record-setting $1.586 billion POWERBALL jackpot in January 2016.
The POWERBALL jackpot has rolled 16 times since the March 21 drawing, generating more than $19.5 million in contributions to the state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).