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Powerball jackpot swells to $653 million

Is Wednesday a ‘Lucky’ Draw Day in Illinois?

Someone could jump start February 2023 a multi-millionaire. The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing has swelled to a staggering $653 million.

If won, it would be the eighth largest Powerball jackpot and the 13th largest lottery jackpot won in U.S. history.

The Powerball jackpot was last struck on November 19, 2022 when a lucky lottery player in Kansas won $92.9 million. 

If you’re feeling lucky, today might be a good day to snatch up a ticket. That’s because Wednesday was the ‘luckiest’ Powerball draw day for Illinois Lottery players last year. More Illinois Lottery players won prizes of $1 million or more on Wednesday draws than on Monday or Saturday draws in 2022.

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Every Powerball ticket is a chance to win – and a chance to dream. With over 7,000 Illinois Lottery retailers across the State, lottery players can conveniently pick up a ticket at their local store – or they can login to the Illinois Lottery website or app and purchase a ticket online.

Powerball tickets are $2 each, and players have the option to add the Powerplay for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.

Powerball drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, with the next prize draw taking place tonight, February 1 at 9:59 p.m. CT.

The Illinois Lottery reminds all players that the lottery is more enjoyable when played responsibly – before you play, set a limit and stick to it. For more information on how to play lottery games responsibly, please visit

About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $24 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes. For more information, visit

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