The Powerball jackpot kept climbing for months, and the lottery finally handed out one of the biggest jackpots in US history on Wednesday.
The Powerball jackpot reached a whopping $768 million for the March 27 drawing, and one winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. The pot had been growing since the last time someone bought a winning Powerball ticket in December 2018.
The $768 million jackpot is now the third-largest US lottery prize in history. But, that jackpot is still about half the size of the all-time record for a US lottery drawing, which came in January 2016. That Powerball drawing awarded $1.59 billion, while a close runner-up was the $1.54 billion Mega Millions prize handed out in October.
The odds of winning the top Powerball prize this week were roughly one in 292.2 million, according to Powerball.
Lottery winners choose between receiving their winnings in an annuity — with payments over 30 years — or the more popular option, a single lump sum payment in a smaller amount (that's the option Kevin O'Leary says you should choose). The lump sum on Wednesday's Powerball drawing is $477 million.
Here is a look at the top lottery prizes ever won (so far).