The jackpot had grown to become the world's largest grand prize in lottery history since there was last a winner in early August. Since then, in 40 draws, no participant has managed to get six correct numbers.
The drawing was originally scheduled for Monday evening. However, it had to be postponed by a few hours because the lottery of one of the participating US states needed more time to process its data.
In January 2016, three Powerball players shared the world's largest jackpot in history, amounting to $1.586 billion. The second highest jackpot - and the highest won by a single player - was worth $1.537 billion and was hit in October 2018 on the Mega Millions lottery.
Powerball lottery tickets cost two dollars and are sold in 45 US states as well as the metropolitan area of Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The chance of hitting the jackpot is about one in 292 million. For comparison, the risk of being struck by lightning in the United States is about one in a million.