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Powerball jackpot now $700 million

1 year 4 months 2 weeks ago January 07, 2016 Jan 7, 2016 Thursday, January 07 2016 January 07, 2016 10:35 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

DES MOINES, Iowa - A lottery official says there is no jackpot winner in the drawing for a Powerball prize worth an estimated $500 million.

Kelly Cripe, a spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery, says no one matched the numbers drawn Wednesday night. She says that means the estimated prize for Saturday's drawing is $700 million, the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.

Wednesday's jackpot was ranked as the sixth-largest offered in North America and the biggest since a $564.1 million Powerball prize shared by players from North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico last February.

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million. Choosing the cash payout would earn someone $428.4 million.

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