Powerball jumps to $550M after no winning tickets sold

Powerball jumps to $550M after no winning tickets sold

Two tickets in Florida matched all five numbers in the Powerball lottery drawing Wednesday, Jan. 3, and are worth at least $1 million. It becomes the fourth largest Mega Millions jackpot in its 15-year history.

If no one wins, the jackpot only will continue to grow.

The prize will be the eighth largest in the history of the USA lottery if it goes off at the weekend. The largest Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million was won in 2012. It matched five numbers but not the Powerball and was one of three second-prize tickets sold nationally. It's the biggest prize won by a single ticket in the United States.

Lottery players hit the Powerball jackpot seven times previous year.




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

Powerball is played in 44 US states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

The estimated $418 million prize, with a cash value of $278 million, will be up for grabs when the next Mega Millions drawing is held on Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

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