Powerball jackpot: New record run?

Posted: March 19, 2013

Is Powerball poised to make another run for a record?

Powerball's jackpot is up to a whopping $260 million for Wednesday's drawing, after no one hit all the numbers drawn Saturday night.

They were 3, 7, 21, 44 and 53, with a Powerball of 16.

Sales are certainly building. That's a jackpot jump of $44 million over just three days, $110 million in 10 days.

The cash prize of $161 million is one of Powerball's biggest ever.

The last time the annuity jackpot was this large was Nov. 21, when it hit $250 million. One week later, Powerball set its all-time records with an annuity worth of $587.5 million, and a cash payout of $384.7 million. The holders of the two winning tickets, sold in Arizona and Missouri, split the cash.

Like that record run, this one is going up against a relatively low Mega Millions jackpot - "just" $13 million for Tuesday's drawing. (Nobody hit Friday night, but two Pennsylvania tickets won $250,000 apiece. See " 3 big lottery wins in Philly, suburbs .")

Only a handful of other Powerball payouts had more cash than the current jackpot, including one in August and another in February.

Funny that the Powerball came up 16. That's also the number of new millionaires minted by the game. They all came close, missing only the Powerball.

One of those tickets, worth $1 million, was sold in New Jersey, at the Soda King on Gordon's Corner Road in Manalapan, Monmouth County.

Three tickets are worth $2 million for matching all the numbers but the Powerball, while having the Power Play prize-boosting option. Two were sold in Illinois, another one in Colorado.

The others that matched five numbers and won $1 million were sold in Maryland, New York, the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and Arizona.

For more on lotteries, go to www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery, www.powerball.com or www.megamillions.com.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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