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Powerball winning numbers: Jackpot is at $425 million

powerball110311_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The largest jackpot in the history of the multi-state Powerball lottery will be there for the taking by some lucky player on Wednesday, December 28.

No one hit the Powerball jackpot for the 15th consecutive drawing in Saturday’s game, so the grand prize will rise to an amazing $425 million for Wednesday. The cash option payout will be an estimated $278.3 million.

Most of us remember that the only higher jackpot in lottery history came in March, when a prize of $656 million was divided between three tickets, for a total of $218.6 million each, according to the Mega Millions website. The winning tickets came from Illinois, Maryland, and Kansas.

New Jersey has seen some huge grand prize winners before, as a couple from Woodbine shared a $390 million Mega Millions jackpot back in 2007.

Powerball’s website reports that the winning numbers for Saturday, November 24 were 22, 32, 37, 44, and 50, and the Powerball was 34. According to Lottery Post, 11 tickets matched the first five numbers without getting the Powerball, two of them coming from New Jersey. One ticket used the Power Play option to raise their prize to $2 million.

The total of players having the first five Powerball numbers on Wednesday was only three, and the number of second prize winners figures to keep increasing as the game’s number of players does while the jackpot continues to rise.

And philly.com reminds us that Powerball increased its ticket prices to $2 this year, so every million tickets sold means twice as much cash as the $1 Mega Millions tickets -- and half the chances of a jackpot winner.

When the jackpot gets to this level, it often jumps even further rather quickly. Check back here for updates on jackpot amounts.

 

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