Are you superstitious? If you are, the next Powerball Lottery drawing may be the one to play, because thirteens are running wild.
After there was no Powerball jackpot winner this past Saturday, the prize for the Saturday, February 11 game will reach an estimated $325 million, with a cash option value of $202.9 million.
Lottery Post reports that this marks the 13th time in the history of United States lotteries that the Powerball jackpot has cleared $300 million. And that has happened because no one has won the prize for 13 straight drawings.
According to 6abc.com, five players matched the first five numbers without the Powerball, to earn $1 million. One of them came from New Jersey.
Winning numbers for the Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 game were 17, 28, 38, 39, and 51, and the Powerball number was 33.
Philly.com reports that the Powerball jackpot has risen $125 million in one week. The game's highest annuity prize of all time was $365 million, won in February 2006. But Saturdayâ€™s drawing will set a new Powerball record for a lump sum payout at $202.9 million, eclipsing the old mark of $177 million.
Mega Millions holds the record for an annuity jackpot in the U.S. at $390 million and a couple in Cape May County split half of $233.1 million. Powerball has had 12 of the top 25 jackpots of all time in United States lottery history.
There are no official statistics about the number 13 being lucky or unlucky. But according to Lottery Post, back in 2005, research from the United Kingdom National Lottery found that the No.13 ball has only been chosen 108 times as a main ball, and only 12 times as a bonus ball in 11 years of the game there.