Powerball jackpot surpasses half-billion dollar mark after no winning tickets sold

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Lottery players have another chance to strike it rich on Saturday, with the Powerball jackpot ballooning to an estimated $550 million, the sixth largest in the game's history.

No one matched all six numbers in Wednesday night's $460.9 million drawing.

This is the first time US lottery players have had two opportunities to try for prizes exceeding $400 million, and the second time both have simultaneously topped $300 million. That's when a family in Louisiana won $191.1 million. It matched five numbers but not the Powerball and was one of three second-prize tickets sold nationally.

It's not the only big lottery prize at stake.




No one has hit the Powerball jackpot since October 25, when a player in Louisiana won a $191 million jackpot, the game said.

She took the cash option - worth $480,500,936.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Anyone who is lucky enough to win the big prize will have the option for a cash payout of $291 million.

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