TRENTON — After 18 drawings without a winner the Powerball jackpot has an annuity value of $337 million for Saturday night.

There have been two million-dollar winners and 16 $50,000 winners from New Jersey during that time but it's been over a year since a jackpot winner was from the Garden State.

Powerball ticket sales were strong between noon and 6 p.m. on Friday night, according to lottery spokeswoman Judith Drucker. "Let’s hope NJ gets lucky tonight," Drucker said.

The jackpot, with a cash value of $209.1 million, would be the 15th largest in Powerball history if someone matches all five numbers plus the Powerball on Saturday night. Sales on Saturday could push the jackpot higher.

Drucker said that adding Power Play to your ticket will increase all of their non-jackpot prizes and double the million dollar second prize to two million dollars. Saturday's numbers are drawn at 10:59 p.m.

The Smith Family of Trenton were the last Powerball jackpot winners from New Jersey. They used part of their $429.6 million winnings to create a foundation to support causes they feel passionate about.

"We want to fund programs that directly affect systems of poverty so we can help change the systems or change the dynamics that are causing people to be in poverty," Harold Smith said. "Rather than just helping them find food or give away food, we can make it so they now have the ability to obtain employment, get their proper education in order to be able to go out and get their own food."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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