Someone in the Houston area nearly won a sizeable Powerball jackpot on Saturday.
A ticket sold in Humble matched all five numbers, but didn't match the Powerball, Texas Lottery officials said. The estimated jackpot was $825 million.
That near-winning ticket still earned the person $1 million. It was sold at a Kroger in the 19300 block of West Lake Houston Parkway. Notably, officials said the ticket was a Quick Pick.
People showed up at convenience stores, groceries and gas stations around the country to snatch up lottery tickets for a chance at Monday night’s massive $1 billion Powerball jackpot.
The jackpot soared after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing. It’s the fifth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The biggest prize was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won by three ticketholders in 2016.
No one has hit all six numbers since Aug. 3, a testament to how slim the odds are of winning the jackpot: one in 292.2 million.
The $1 billion jackpot prize is for winners who opt to take the full amount piecemeal over 29 annual payments. Nearly all winners opt for a lower cash payment, which for Monday's drawing would be an estimated $497.3 million.
Powerball is played in 45 states, including Texas, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.