$675 million! Powerball grows to largest ever for Saturday’s drawing
The next Powerball jackpot will be the biggest in U.S. history after no one picked the winning numbers to claim Wednesday's $500 million prize.
The winning numbers were 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and a Powerball of 17; the jackpot grew in the last few hours before the 11 p.m. drawing to $524 million, the fourth largest ever offered in the U.S.
The annuity value of Saturday's Powerball jackpot is estimated at $675 million; the cash value is estimated at $413.1 million.
According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, 347,840 winning tickets were sold in New Jersey for Wednesday drawing. Six tickets worth $50,000 each were sold in New Jersey, for matching four numbers plus the Powerball.
The Powerball jackpot has not been won since November when a jackpot with an annuity value of $144,000 was sold in Tennessee. The largest Powerball jackpot ever offered had an annuity value of $590.4 million and was won by an 84-year-old Florida woman in 2013.
The odds of picking 5 numbers and the Powerball to claim the jackpot are 292 million-to-1.