It doesn’t hurt to dream — but for now, dreams are just that for ticket holders hoping to win a $1.2 billion Powerball jackpot that was the subject of Wednesday’s drawing.
No one won, again, in the multi-state lottery game that last had a jackpot winner on July 19, according to the game’s website.
The new jackpot was estimated to be $1.4 billion, according to its website, which still would rank third of all-time.
The last time someone the jackpot was July 19, when a $1.08 billion jackpot was won in California, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which helps coordinate it.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are a very long 1 in 292.2 million.
Powerball, like Mega Millions, years ago made changes to the game that made it harder to win jackpots — which causes them to grow larger — while increasing the chance of winning smaller prizes.
Powerball was changed in 2015, and Mega Millions was changed in 2017.
Powerball is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The top two jackpots won in the history of Powerball were the $2.04 billion won in November and the $1.586 billion won in June 2016.
Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.