The Powerball website crashed on Wednesday night as people around the United States waited in anticipation to see if they had the Powerball winning numbers, which would get them the $425 million grand prize. The prize is the third largest ever jackpot in Powerball history.
Though the odds of matching all five white balls plus the Powerball are 1 in 175.2 million, people across the U.S. have spent the last several days buying up scores of tickets. In Omaha, Nebraska, for instance, Amy Joslin says she and her husband always play Powerball when the jackpot climbs over $300 million. That’s happening more often since lottery officials increased ticket prices last year.
Powerball tickets are sold in 43 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The tickets were to be drawn at 10:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, and announced either sometime tonight or tomorrow.
The prize is paid out over 29 years (30 payments), or as a lump sum, according to MarketWatch. The current cash value of the estimated $425 million jackpot is $244.7 million before withholding.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.