The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s lottery drawing climbed up to an estimated $441 million with $317.5 million as a cash option. The Dec. 29 winning numbers were: 2, 6, 9, 33 and 39. The Powerball drawn was 11 with a Power Play of 2X.

The final drawing of 2021, on Wednesday didn't witness any winners. Two players won Match 5 + Power Play tickets worth $2 million each that were sold in Florida and New Jersey. There was also a winning Match 5 ticket worth $1 million that was sold in Florida.

Previous Powerball jackpots went unclaimed, the jackpot for the next draw on Jan 1, Saturday has climbed to $483 million with a cash option of $347.7 million, according to the Powerball website.

It was in Oct. 4 when someone hit the Powerball jackpot. A single ticket in California got $699.8 million grand prize. Since then, there have been 37 drawings in a row without a jackpot winner.

To get a chance to win the grand prize, a player must match the six numbers on their ticket to the drawn six-number combination. The five numbers need to be selected from 1 to 69 for the white balls, while the remaining number is selected from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball.

To claim jackpot prizes, the winners will have options, they can either select their prize as an annuity or a lump-sum payment. The annuity guarantees the winner to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years. The annual payments increase by 5% until the 30th and final payment. The 30 payments added up equal the value of the annuity. The Powerball costs $2 per play.

Powerball is available in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 pm ET.

Meanwhile the sales cut-off times vary depending on the selling jurisdiction, mostly by one to two hours before the drawing schedule. The Powerball drawing is aired live on TV stations throughout the state; WBKB-TV 11 (CBS), WDIV-TV 4 (NBC), WNEM-TV 5 (CBS), WXSP-TV (MyNetwork TV), WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC), WMKG-TV 38 (IND), WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX) and WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8 (ABC).

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Seventy-eight lottery players won prizes for the drawing held on Feb. 3. Meanwhile, a couple who have been playing the same digits for the past two decades has bagged a $1.9 million lottery prize. This is a representational image. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images

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