The clock is ticking. The countdown has commenced. The Saturday night US Powerball drawing is just hours away and Saturday, May 31, 2014, is a big night for Powerball players because, with an estimated $173 million jackpot up for grabs, the drawing boasts the second largest Powerball prize of the year.
The largest Powerball prize this year—so far—was won on Wednesday, February 19, when a player from California matched all five numbers and the Powerball and claimed the entire $425 million jackpot.
Tonight's jackpot is considerably smaller, but $173 million is still a massive prize and if the present string or rollovers does end tonight someone somewhere will be start the month of June with a very big smile on their face.
The US Powerball is a multi-state draw that offers a minimum jackpot of $40 million. Numbers are drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 22:59 (EST).