# Did anybody win the Powerball on April 25th?

No, there was no Powerball jackpot winner on the drawing held on April 25th, 2023. The winning numbers drawn were 3, 12, 23, 47, 57, and the Powerball was 25. Since there was no ticket that matched all 6 numbers, the jackpot rolled over to the next drawing on April 27th.

While the huge prize went unclaimed, over a million players won smaller prizes totalling over \$19 million in the April 25th drawing. Let’s take a look at the Powerball results, remaining prizes, and changes ahead for this popular national lottery game.

## Powerball Results on April 25th

The winning numbers drawn on April 25th, 2023 were:

 3 12 23 47 57 Powerball 25

The Powerball jackpot was an estimated \$301 million, with a cash value option of \$160.3 million. Since no ticket matched all 6 numbers, the grand prize rolled over to an estimated \$322 million for the next drawing on April 27th.

The number of total winners and prizes for the April 25th drawing were:

 Match 5 + PB Winners Prize Match 5 1 \$1 Million Match 4 + PB 23 \$50,000 Match 4 519 \$100 Match 3 + PB 18,825 \$100 Match 3 486,155 \$7 Match 2 + PB 527,196 \$7

As shown, while the jackpot eluded players, over 1.03 million tickets won prizes ranging from \$7 to \$1 million in the April 25th Powerball drawing.

## Why Was the Jackpot So High?

The Powerball jackpot was able to climb to such a high amount because no ticket had matched all 6 numbers since the February 14th, 2023 drawing. Over the course of 10 weekly drawings without a grand prize winner, the jackpot grew to \$301 million.

Powerball jackpots start at \$20 million and continue growing by at least \$10 million each drawing until there is a winning ticket. The pace of growth depends on game sales and interest. Since Powerball is played in 45 states, sales can quickly accelerate the jackpot, especially when no winner is announced for several weeks.

While high jackpots attract attention and increased ticket sales, the odds of winning the Powerball grand prize remain 1 in 292.2 million for each play. Matching all 6 numbers correctly is extremely difficult, allowing prizes to roll to massive amounts when there is a run of drawings without a jackpot winner.

## Changes to Powerball Game

Beginning after the April 27th drawing, changes are coming to the Powerball game format and odds of winning. The main changes are:

• The addition of a 3rd drawing each week. Currently drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night. Starting on Monday, May 15th, 2023, a 3rd weekly drawing will occur on Mondays.
• The odds of winning the jackpot will improve from 1 in 292.2 million to 1 in 229.2 million.
• The guaranteed starting jackpot amount will increase from \$40 million to \$45 million.

These changes are designed to build larger jackpots faster while improving the overall odds for players. Having a 3rd weekly drawing will enable jackpots to roll quicker, while the better odds aim to generate more million-dollar prize winners over time.

### New Powerball Drawing Schedule

Currently, Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST. Here is the new drawing schedule beginning May 15th, 2023:

Day Drawing Time
Monday 10:59 p.m. EST
Wednesday 10:59 p.m. EST
Saturday 10:59 p.m. EST

The Monday night drawings will offer players the chance to win giant jackpots more frequently. Having 3 opportunities each week is likely to accelerate the pace of Powerball jackpots reaching mega millions.

### Improved Powerball Jackpot Odds

Currently, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. This makes hitting the grand prize less likely than being struck by lightning.

Starting May 15th, the overall jackpot odds will improve to 1 in 229.2 million. This means each \$2 Powerball ticket will have a slightly better chance at winning the big prize.

The table below shows a comparison of the current and new Powerball odds per play:

Prize Current Odds New Odds
Jackpot 1 in 292,201,338 1 in 229,688,680
Match 5 1 in 11,688,053 1 in 11,907,476
Match 4 + PB 1 in 913,129 1 in 892,023
Match 4 1 in 36,525 1 in 35,116
Match 3 + PB 1 in 14,494 1 in 14,467
Match 3 1 in 579 1 in 606
Match 2 + PB 1 in 701 1 in 701

As the data shows, the jackpot odds will improve by around 22% starting on May 15th. The odds for the lower tier prizes will have minor changes up or down. Overall, the new format aims to create bigger jackpots and more millionaires over time.

### \$45 Million Starting Jackpot

Currently, when a Powerball jackpot is won, the next grand prize resets to a \$20 million minimum. With the upcoming changes, starting jackpots after a win will be \$45 million.

Having higher starting jackpots will enable the prize pools to grow larger quicker. It could lead to jackpots reaching the \$500 million+ stratosphere at a faster pace.

The initial reaction from players is excitement about having bigger jackpots return more often. Of course the long odds will still make winning difficult, but larger starting points can generate huge prizes within just a few weeks.

## Should You Play Powerball?

Playing Powerball is a personal choice based on your entertainment budget and views on luck. The overwhelmingly likely outcome is to win nothing or a very small prize, though someone always eventually wins the jackpot.

If you enjoy fantasizing about winning mega millions, and the \$2 ticket fits your budget, there’s no harm in playing. Just avoid overspending or expecting to win, and think of a Powerball ticket as you would the cost of a movie ticket for 2 hours of entertainment.

Here are some pros and cons to weigh if you are considering playing Powerball:

### Potential Pros

• Jackpots can grow into the hundreds of millions, offering life-changing prizes
• A Powerball win is tax free in most participating states
• Playing when the jackpot is high gets you excited about the possibilities
• Drawings only happen 3 times a week, so playing does not have to become a habit
• Having a ticket gives you a chance, however slim, at a big payday

### Potential Cons

• The odds of winning a substantial Powerball prize are overwhelmingly stacked against you
• Spending too much on tickets can lead to financial loss and gambling problems
• Winning the jackpot can create complications like publicly and stress
• Taxes can take a significant cut of winnings in some states
• Having no financial literacy can result in blowing through the prize quickly

If you keep your spending reasonable, avoid addiction or false expectations, and think of Powerball as entertainment, then occasional play may be harmless fun. Just carefully weigh the extreme long odds and potential downsides before playing.

## Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common Powerball questions:

### How do you play Powerball?

To play Powerball, you first select 5 numbers from 1 to 69 for the white balls, then 1 number from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball. Each play costs \$2. You can choose your own numbers or select Easy Pick for randomly generated numbers.

### What days are the Powerball drawings?

Powerball drawings are held 3 days a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. EST.

### Can you buy Powerball tickets online?

Yes, Powerball tickets can be purchased online in select states using approved lottery websites and mobile apps. You must be physically located in a participating state to play.

### Can Powerball winners remain anonymous?

Powerball winners can remain anonymous in a minority of states that allow it, but most require the name and location of winners to be made public. Some states let you claim through a trust to maintain some privacy.

### What’s the biggest Powerball jackpot ever?

The current record Powerball jackpot is \$1.586 billion, won on January 13, 2016. It was split between 3 tickets in California, Florida, and Tennessee.

### Has anyone won the Powerball jackpot multiple times?

Incredibly, a few people have won big jackpots more than once. Joan Ginther won multimillion dollar prizes 4 times. Richard Lusting has won the Powerball jackpot twice along with other big lottery prizes.

### What happens if no one wins the Powerball?

If no ticket matches all 6 numbers, the jackpot simply rolls over to the next drawing. This causes the grand prize to grow larger every drawing until someone eventually wins.

### What is the Power Play option?

Except in California, you can pay \$1 extra for the Power Play feature when buying a Powerball ticket. It multiplies the lower tier prizes by up to 10 times if you win.

## Conclusion

While the Powerball jackpot went unclaimed on April 25th, changes are coming on May 15th, 2023 that will affect the game’s jackpots and odds. No ticket matched all 6 numbers in the latest drawing, causing the grand prize to roll to \$322 million ahead of the next chance to win.

Despite the long odds against taking home the jackpot, interest peaks when Powerball tops hundreds of millions. Somebody eventually wins, with life-altering sums getting awarded a few times a year. As long as you play responsibly, a Powerball ticket provides a bit of entertainment and an outside chance at a dream outcome. Just make sure to play within your budget.