Powerball lottery heading for insane record of $1 billion-plus jackpot
The Powerball lottery in the US is heading for its first $1 billion-plus jackpot after no-one won Saturday's record first prize of nearly $950 million.
Officials said the haul for a winning ticket in the next multi-state draw will be approximately $1.3 billion.
Millions of Americans anxiously checked their tickets for the winning combination of six numbers - 32, 16, 19, 57, 34 with a Powerball number of 13.
"No Powerball jackpot winner," the Texas Lottery announced on Twitter hours after the numbers were drawn.
"Since nobody won tonight's staggering $947.8 million jackpot, it has rolled to an estimated $1.3 billion for January 13," said a statement from officials in California, one of the 44 states, together with Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories, that participate in Powerball.
The grand prize for Powerball has climbed steadily for weeks after repeated drawings produced no big winners. This week ticket purchases surged along with the size of the pot, driving the prize beyond the $900 million reported earlier.
The grand prize in Saturday's drawing was worth $558 million for a winner choosing an immediate cash payout instead of annual payments over 29 years, according to lottery officials in California, one of the participating states.
Meanwhile, there was no winner of Saturday night's €9.7 million Lotto jackpot in Ireland.
The National Lottery winning numbers were 2, 11, 14, 28, 29, 34, and the bonus number was 37.