Would there be a better way to kick off 2016 than to win Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, which has an estimated $450 million prize?

"It's currently the fourth-largest jackpot, so far, and the sixth-largest jackpot in any lottery game in U.S. history," said Judy Drucker, New Jersey Lottery Chief Communications Officer.

While it may seem like these mega-jackpots are more common, the last time the top prize reached this stratosphere was last February when it climbed to $564 million.

"It's been quite a while since we've had a big jackpot, so I think everybody is really excited," Drucker said.

Nobody has hit Powerball since Nov. 4, and the jackpot will continue to grow if there is no winner Wednesday at 10:59 p.m.

The current jackpot has a cash value of $275 million.

Drucker said the huge prize has stirred up a lot of excitement this week with over $1 million in sales reported on Tuesday alone.

Although the odds of winning are very slim at just 1 in 292 million, it is not unprecedented for a New Jerseyan to cash the top prize.

Back in 2013, Passaic's Pedro Quezada won the Powerball drawing, which had a top prize of $338 million.

"We're very lucky here in New Jersey and we're looking forward to another big win," Drucker said.

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