DES MOINES, IA (AP) — Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players have another shot at a giant jackpot as a $730 million Powerball prize is on the line.
The Powerball jackpot up for grabs Wednesday night is the fifth-largest ever. It will come only a day after nobody won the even-larger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $970 million.
It’s the first time both lottery jackpots have topped $700 million.
No one has won either of the jackpots since mid-September, allowing the prizes to grow steadily for months.
The long stretch without a winner reflects the incredibly small odds of winning — one in 292.2 million for Powerball and one in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.