Skip The Ice, Buy Tickets Online For Wednesday’s $630 Million Powerball

Written By Dann Stupp on January 5, 2022
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Buy your Powerball tickets online via the Virginia Lottery, and you can secure your chance for a mega-jackpot without even leaving home.

After all, the weather outside is frightful, but a $630 million jackpot would sure be delightful.

And that’s what’s on the line as buzz builds for the Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, Powerball drawing. As a VA Lottery spokesperson stated in an email to after the estimated jackpot rose from the initial $610 million:

Due to stronger than anticipated sales of Powerball tickets in Virginia and nationwide, the Powerball jackpot has been increased to an estimated $630 million for the Wednesday, January 5, drawing.

Lotto fever has captured the country’s imagination once more. With both Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots hitting eye-poppin’ heights, now’s the time to make sure you don’t miss out.

The road to $600M Powerball jackpot

The VA Lottery is one of 48 lotteries in US states and territories that offer Powerball. However, despite those millions of players across the country, no one has hit the jackpot since Oct. 4, 2021.

That’s 39 drawings without a big winner. And as the jackpot grows each time, we’ve now reached rarified air.

After all, the estimated Powerball jackpot for January 5 is $630 million. That’s just outside of the top 10 jackpots in worldwide lottery history.

In fact, Powerball has both the largest lottery jackpot ever ($1,586,400,000, or nearly $1.6 billion, in 2016) and six of the top 10 jackpots in history.

As it stands, the Jan. 5 drawing would currently rank 11th all-time. It could crack the top 10 if it eclipses the $648 million jackpot that two Mega Million players split in December 2013.

In August, Powerball officials added a third weekly drawing. Draws now take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET, live from Orlando.

If the jackpot goes unclaimed on Jan. 5, the drawing on Friday, Jan. 7 is sure to be another popular one.

How to buy Powerball tickets online

By now, you’ve probably heard about the winter storm that trapped I-95 drivers on the interstate for 24 hours. Virginians in all corners of the commonwealth have dealt with power outages. The COVID-19 pandemic rages on. And even more carnage could be on the way.

In other words, if you have the opportunity to stay home, you should.

But that doesn’t mean you should miss out on your lotto dreams. Just buy your Powerball tickets online.

To get it on the action, simply visit our VA Lotto page above create a account, if you haven’t done so already. Fund your account, and then you can purchase tickets for Powerball and dozens of other games. (That includes Mega Millions, which now has a jackpot estimated at $278 million.)

And whether you purchase your Powerball tickets online or at a traditional in-person retailer, the gameplay is the same.

Just be sure to keep it fun and remember that winning would be the long shot of all long shots. After all, your chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

Prize payouts for Powerball tickets online

Tickets for Powerball and Powerball online cost $2.

You need to match all five white balls and the Powerball to win the jackpot. White balls are numbered 1-69, and the red Powerball is 1-26.

Choose the numbers yourself, or opt for the Quick Pick option and have the numbers randomly generated for you.  The optional $1 “Power Play” will at least double the prize payout for anything but the grand prize.

Other payouts include:

Powerball tickets online prize chart

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Dann Stupp is a longtime sports journalist who’s written and edited for The Athletic, USA Today, ESPN, and other outlets. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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