Powerball jackpot $400 million, sixth-largest ever

Wednesday’s jackpot in the Powerball drawing is a whopping $400 million.
Wednesday’s jackpot in the Powerball drawing is a whopping $400 million. File photo

The Powerball jackpot has officially reached $400 million, making it the sixth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.

Sally Lunsford, director of public affairs for the Kansas Lottery, said the increase in the jackpot, which directly correlates to ticket sales, might be due to the fact that more people are playing in pools.

“There’s a lot more chatter,” Lunsford said. “People have a fear of missing out, so it definitely drives ticket sales.”

The last time the Powerball jackpot reached such a high sum was February 2015, when the total rounded off at $564.1 million. Every Powerball jackpot starts at $40 million and usually caps at anywhere between $100 million and $200 million.

Although Lunsford said she has never seen a dispute over a lottery ticket, she advises those who play in pools to take steps to prevent arguments.

“We would always advise people, before purchasing a ticket, to basically sign off on it and agree to the rules,” Lunsford said.

In Kansas, only one person is allowed to claim a prize and is therefore responsible for distributing the winnings to any other parties.

The drawing for the $400 million jackpot will take place Wednesday evening. Lunsford said she expects to see ticket sales increase between now and the drawing.

“I think we’ll be seeing sales that are quite high,” Lunsford said.

For more information on rules and how to win, visit www.kslottery.com.