ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Powerball May 18, 2013 winning numbers tonight prompted record results. What were the Powerball results tonight, did anyone have the Powerball winning numbers for 5/18/2013, and what happens if there is no winner this evening? Powerball results tonight already made history, becoming the largest take ever in the organization’s history. But if no one picks the numbers tonight, Powerball could next grow to nearly one billion dollars. Moments ago, officials confirmed to news that the Powerball winning numbers for this evening May 18, 2013 are 22, 10, 13, 14, 52. Powerball 11.
The dynamic behind Powerball results tonight is a two prong modification to the game. First, Powerball had added more states. Second, the price of ticketing for Powerball has gone up. In a news statement this week, Powerball officials told news that the addition of California just this April 2013 has delivered results that no one would have anticipated.
The rate of sales in California has been shocking officials. The game which has expanded progressively over the years took its biggest jump in participants this month by adding California to the now forty-three state excitement played also in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Second, that publicity from the game has grown substantially. That has translated in more frenzied purchases, officials tell news. Carolyn Hapeman, spokeswoman for the New York division, told news that New York State had upwards of six hundred thousand Powerball tickets selling per hour this Friday.
Third, the big difference has been not just participants but also pricing. The price of a Powerball ticket has been increased from one to two dollars. Officials claim that Powerball will never be the same again. They report to news that record levels will be broken repeatedly, more frequently then ever before.
And while everyone would love to win tonight, all participants tonight would prefer to win on May 22 if no one wins Saturday. Kelly Cripe, media director of the Texas division of Powerball, says that if no one picks the winning numbers tonight, Powerball will grow on May 22, 2013 to at least a near billion dollars.
In fact, the rate at which Powerball has grown in less than two months is shocking. The current draw dates back to April 3 when Powerball was a mere forty million jackpot. From April 3 to now, Powerball ran up, and could now reach $925 million on May 22, if no winners tonight, because of the number of participants, the publicity and the ticket price. Powerball last reached $600 million on Wednesday. But after no one won on Wednesday, Powerball jumped to tonight’s level, breaking a historic level last set on November 28, 2012.
As one officials told ABC news this week, “Once California joined the Powerball family, we helped change the dynamics to this game because of the mere size of the state and the number of players that we have”. And yet if no one wins tonight, the future for next week could be shocking. “Extremely conservative estimates are that the next drawing, on Wednesday, would be for an estimated $925 million,” Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the California Lottery said in a news statement. “This is uncharted territory.”