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Powerball drawing grows to as much $635 million

By Jake Thomas
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Powerball drawing grows to as much $635 million
A printout of the Powerball lottery jackpot at Jessie's Express Cafe in New York City.  Saturday's Powerball drawing has grown to the 10th largest in U.S. lottery history. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Saturday's Powerball jackpot drawing could be worth as much as $635 million, making it the sixth-largest in the game's history and the 10th largest in U.S. lottery history.

The jackpot has grown for nearly four months and was last hit in a June drawing when a ticket worth $285.6 million was sold in Florida, according to a statement from Powerball. There have been 39 drawings in a row without a Grand Prize winner since that drawing.

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"When the jackpot reaches this level, we have more players jumping into the game, so we are continuously reviewing ticket sales to provide an up-to-date jackpot estimate," May Scheve Reardon, Powerball Product Group chair and Missouri Lottery executive director, said in a statement.

Tickets for the drawing are sold in 45 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than half of the proceeds of each ticket sale remain in the jurisdiction it was sold in. Powerball drawings are broadcast live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

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In the run-up to Saturday's drawing, there have been multiple smaller wins, according to Powerball. On Wednesday, Sept. 29, five tickets won $1 million after they matched all five white balls. Three tickets in the drawing were worth $2 million. A total of 1.6 million tickets won prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million in the Wednesday drawing.

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However, the overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

The largest single lottery winner ever was a $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in South Carolina in 2018. Two years earlier, three winners had to split the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot.

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