A $1 billion Powerball drawing is becoming so routine, this is the second one in a row. So it’s not that surprising that Americans seem more ho-hum about it until hours before the Oct. 2 drawing.
Using the Bonus page Powerball Lottery Generator as a barometer, Americans were far more excited about the $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot won in California on Nov. 7, 2022. Still, almost as many page visitors are interested in finding lottery numbers for tonight’s $1.04 billion prize as were doing so on Saturday when the Powerball jackpot was a scant $960 million.
Clicks on that page — that helps lottery ticket buyers generate their numbers — finally reached 863 on Wednesday. That’s when the Powerball jackpot totaled $850 million. Exactly 884 page visitors needed assistance for Saturday’s $960 million prize.
Compare that excitement level with the $1 billion mark reached around Halloween 2022 and 4,069 lottery ticket buyers used the Powerball Lottery Generator page to find their numbers. The day of the drawing — Nov. 7, 2022 — saw 10,007 visitors. Lottery ticket buyers even broke the Powerball page trying to see if they’d won.
For instance, the Powerball Lottery Generator only saw 3,298 hits on July 19. That’s three times less enthusiasm than the $2 billion jackpot generated.
— Life in Las Vegas (@LifeNLasVegas) October 2, 2023
Second $1 Billion Powerball Drawing in 2023
Today, Powerball announced:
This marks the first time in Powerball game history that back-to-back jackpot cycles have generated billion-dollar grand prizes. The Powerball jackpot was previously won on July 19 in California, when a single ticket won a jackpot worth $1.08 billion. Since then, there have been 31 consecutive drawings with no grand prize winner leading up to tonight’s drawing for the estimated $1.04 billion jackpot.
That July 19 jackpot began accumulating on April 19.
This $1 billion Powerball jackpot, of course, began growing on July 19.
So if someone wins this latest jackpot, it will represent a shorter gap between $1 billion Powerball prizes.
However, the Aug. 8 $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot may have distracted Americans from making the Powerball prize grow faster. Coincidentally, thousands of them were seeking out the Mega Millions Generator page on Jan. 13 to aid in buying tickets for the $1.348 billion Mega Millions jackpot.
This time, Mega Millions probably won’t distract lottery winner hopefuls from the $1 billion Powerball drawing. Mega Millions is only giving away $300 million on Tuesday.
The 3:00 – 3:59 p.m. hour included $589,714 in Powerball® draw sales.
Current hourly sales per minute in Texas are $9,829.
— Texas Lottery (@TexasLottery) October 2, 2023