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Powerball jackpot hits staggering $1.5 billion, just short of lottery world record

The Powerball jackpot is in the neighborhood of a lottery world record.

Powerball officials said no winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night’s top prize of $1.2 billion, so the jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing would be at least an estimated $1.5 billion.

As it stands now, it will fall short of the world-record $1.586 billion Powerball grand prize shared by the three winners in 2016. The jackpot may increase if enough tickets are sold before the drawing.

A $1.5 billion jackpot would be just behind the world icon and a $1.537 billion Mega Millions pot of gold.

The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 02, 11, 22, 35, 60 and a Powerball 23.

There have been 39 straight drawings without a jackpot winner since it was last hit on August 3. So another record is in sight: the Powerball mark for consecutive drawings without a grand prize winner is 40.

Jackpot winners can receive their prize as an annuity paid out over 29 years or as a lump sum payment. The cash value of Saturday night’s jackpot will be an estimated at least $745.9 million. This is all before tax.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 each.

They are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Powerball drawings are broadcast live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET and are streamed live on Powerball.com.

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