Saturdays cash option will be valued at $478.7 million, though the jackpot could climb higher if national sales are strong enough. If someone hits the jackpot, it would be at least the eighth-largest in U.S. lottery history and the fifth-biggest Powerball prize.
Wednesdays winning numbers were: 4, 19, 23, 25 and 49. The Power Ball drawn was 14 with a Power Play of 2X.
There were 11 second-prize tickets sold for Wednesdays drawing, all of which are worth at least $1 million.
One apiece were bought in from Colorado, Georgia and New York. Three were purchased in Michigan and two were sold in Texas. Those tickets are each worth $1 million.
Two sold in California are worth $2,768,497 apiece. California lottery prizes vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners. They differ from the fixed second prizes offered in other states.
In addition, a $2 million ticket was sold in Virginia since the buyer spent an extra $1 for the Power Play option.
In New Jersey, five third-prize tickets were sold that matched four numbers plus the Powerball. One was bought with the Power Play and is worth $100,000. The other four are $50,000 tickets. New Jersey Lottery officials will reveal the locations where they were bought later Thursday.
The twice-weekly drawing hasnt been won since Sept. 16, when someone who bought a ticket in Ballston Spa, New York, captured the $94.6 million top prize.
The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1. A player who buys a $2 ticket has about a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to match five numbers and win at least $1 million, while the odds are 913,129 to 1 of winning the third prize of at least $50,000.
Powerball is played on Wednesday and Saturday in 45 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
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