GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Powerball jackpot has reached $1.2 billion dollars, and Michiganders have been busy purchasing tickets for their chance to win.
The deadline to buy tickets was at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, ahead of the drawing. People in Michigan purchased almost 5.4 million tickets, 4 million of which were bought just that day.
The Michigan Lottery says people have been buying around 243,000 tickets per hour at stores across the state.
After 39 draws in a row yielding no winner, if someone wins the now $1.2 billion prize it will be the second-largest Powerball jackpot and the 4th largest in U.S. history.
If a Michigan player wins, it would be the largest jackpot ever won in the state. An Oakland County lottery club currently holds that record, having won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot in January 2021.
You can purchase lottery tickets at stores or online at the Michigan Lottery website.