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Powerball jackpot soars to $550 million

May 16th, 2013 2:15 pm by Staff Reports

Powerball jackpot soars to $550 million

NASHVILLE—According to a news release from the Tennessee Lottery, Powerball officials have increased an already staggering jackpot from $475 million to $550 million for Saturday’s drawing. Sales were skyrocketing around the country as people join the excitement of a chance to win such an incredible prize.

According to the Associated Press, none of the tickest sold matched all the winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing: 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and a Powerball of 32.

The Tennessee Lottery encourages responsible play and reminds players to sign their ticket immediately after purchase, according to the state lottery office. Tickets for the big drawing must be purchased no later 9:59 p.m. on Saturday.

This jackpot is the second largest in Powerball game history. The previous top Powerball prize was $587.5 million, won Nov. 29, 2012 and split between winners in Missouri and Arizona. The biggest U.S. lottery payout was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won in March 2012 and shared by three winning tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.

Powerball is played in 45 lottery jurisdictions (43 states plus Washington DC and US Virgin Islands).

Powerball drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights. Please note that broadcast times on any of the Lottery’s partner television networks may vary.

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