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

07 January 2018, 10:00 | Myrtle Vega

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Millions lottery tickets Jan 3 2018 in San Anselmo Calif. The Powerball jackpot and Mega Millions jackpots are both over $400 million

According to the Louisiana Lottery Company, two tickets that were sold in New Orleans and Harahan matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball to win $50,000.

The top prize for the 10:59 p.m. drawing stands at $460 million with a cash option of $291 million.

No one has hit the jackpot since October 25.

That would make it the nation's 8th largest lottery prize ever. The odds of hitting the jackpot are 292,201,338 to 1. The largest Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million was won in 2012. A third ticket sold in Kentwood won $150,000 by matching four out of five numbers, the Powerball and the Power Play.

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The next Powerball drawing, set for Saturday night, January 6, will be worth more than half a billion dollars - $550 million to be exact.

Lottery players hit the Powerball jackpot seven times past year.

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

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The cash prize would be nearly $348 million.



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