Powerball jackpot increases to $1.5 billion

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 11:19:14-05

The Powerball jackpot increased yet again on Monday, reaching a whopping $1.5 billion.

Nearly 500,000 winning tickets bought in Virginia won prizes in Saturday’s drawing – including one ticket that’s now worth $1 million.

The biggest winning jackpot was in 2012 with a MegaMillions game that was worth $656 million.

The next drawing is Wednesday, January 13th. Those planning to get in on the action should know the odds of winning are 1 in 292 million.

The current jackpot has been growing since November 7. It first broke into the top 10 largest jackpots ranking last weekend, when it hit $400 million. Since then ticket sales have only taken off.

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