Powerball jackpot rises to $650M after no one wins Saturday drawing

Sunday, August 20, 2017
A person is shown handling Powerball tickets.
A person is shown handling Powerball tickets.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Lotto fever was alive in well in Los Angeles and all over the country as people took a chance at winning the more than half a billion Powerball jackpot Saturday.

The winning numbers were: 17, 68, 19, 43, 39 and Powerball 13

No one won Saturday's drawing, which means the jackpot is estimated at $650 million. Another drawing will be held on Aug. 23.

Many people stopped by a Jacob's Unocal at 3rd Street and Robertson Boulevard earlier in the day in the hopes that some of the store's luck would rub off on them. One customer won more than $600,000 during Wednesday's Powerball drawing for matching five out of six of the numbers.

"We are selling a lot actually. I can see a lot of new faces over here...They're buying $100, $200, $300," store manager Sanjoy Ghosh said.

But before people set their hopes up too high, the chances of winning are about 1 in nearly 300 million. If those odds are a bit disappointing, you can increase your chances by letting the computer pick your numbers, the chances of winning are significantly greater, according to the Multi-State Powerball Agency.

About 75 percent of winning tickets are selected when the numbers are chosen by the computer, according to the agency.

The $540 million jackpot was the eight largest jackpot in U.S. history, and the winner would have walked away with a cash payout of $338.8 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.