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Powerball® Jackpot Climbs To No. 5 In History Of Game

Jackpot Is At Estimated $510 Million Annuity, $324.2 Million Lump-Sum Option For Saturday

CLIVE, Iowa – The Powerball® jackpot continues its big run, climbing to an estimated $510 million annuity, $324.2 million lump-sum option for Saturday's drawing. That ranks at No. 5 on the list of the biggest jackpots ever offered in the game and No. 8 among the biggest lottery jackpots in North America.

A ticket purchased in Cedar Rapids came within one number of hitting Powerball's big prize in Wednesday's drawing, matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win a $50,000 prize. That ticket was purchased at Casey's, 888 Vernon Valley Drive SE in Cedar Rapids.

The winning numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing were: 9-15-43-60-64 and Powerball 4. The Power Play® number was 3.

Highest Level Since World-Record Drawing

Powerball's grand prize has now topped the $500 million mark for the first time since the jackpot run that produced the game's world-record jackpot of nearly $1.6 billion in January 2016. That giant prize was split by three tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee. The current jackpot has been growing for more than two months and was last won in the drawing on June 10 with a ticket purchased in California.

Last Week's Historic, Simultaneous Big Jackpots

Last week was the first time that the jackpots in Powerball and Mega Millions® had simultaneously topped the $300 million mark. While the run for Mega Millions ended Friday night when that game's $393 million jackpot was won with a ticket purchased in Illinois, the Powerball jackpot remains the one that got away.

Players can buy tickets here in Iowa for Saturday's Powerball jackpot up until 8:59 p.m. that day. Tickets purchased after that deadline will be for an upcoming drawing and won't have a shot at that night's big prize.

Iowa Factoids

Iowa Lottery players have won eight Powerball jackpots. The biggest Powerball jackpot won to date in Iowa was a $241 million prize claimed in June 2012 by The Shipping 20, a group of co-workers from the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids.

For the past three years in a row, the top-selling lottery retailer in Iowa has been the same location: the Hy-Vee supermarket at 20 Wilson Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids. That store is always busy when it comes to lottery sales, and we anticipate that this month's big jackpot news is taking things up another notch.

The game's Power Play feature costs an extra $1 per play and multiplies any non-jackpot prize. Powerball jackpot winners can choose to receive their prize in annuitized payments over time or in a one-time, lump-sum payment.

Details Of Game

Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow until they're won. Players choose five numbers from a pool of 69 and another number – the Powerball – from a separate pool of 26. If you match all six numbers, you win the jackpot, and there also are eight other prize levels you can win. Plays cost $2 and drawings are at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The game's Power Play feature costs an extra $1 per play and multiplies any non-jackpot prize. Powerball jackpot winners can choose to receive their prize in annuitized payments over time or in a one-time, lump-sum payment.

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