Saturday’s jackpot is the highest Powerball jackpot ever. It surpassed the previous record of $587.5 million in November 2012. It is one of only nine jackpots to pass the rare $300 million mark.
The jackpot started at $40 million April 3 and increased for 12 draws to where it is now. In that time, Powerball draws in Montana have produced nearly $240,000 in winning tickets.
Two Montana tickets matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $10,000 from Wednesday’s draw.
David Poole of Helena Friday claimed a $10,000 Powerball jackpot prize with a ticket purchased at Town Pump, 2401 N. Montana Ave.; Helena.
David plans to use his Powerball winnings as a nest egg for when he gets out of the Army and also plans to buy more Powerball tickets for the $600 million jackpot drawing on Saturday. Even as he won $10,000, he was thinking of ways he would help others if he happens to match all five numbers and the Powerball on Saturday and bring home the $600 million jackpot prize to Big Sky Country.
The other $10,000 winner from Wednesday was from Belfry and has not yet been claimed.