So Close! Local ticket matches 5 numbers in Powerball drawing


If you bought a ticket for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing thinking you would win $650 million, then you're in for a shock.

The jackpot began rolling June 14 and has now rolled 20 times.

With no victor of the grand prize, it will grow to an estimated $650 million ahead of the next draw on Wednesday, according to the website for the game. To win, players need to have paid $2 for a ticket and either have chosen numbers or opted to let a computer make a random choice.

This week's drawing will take place at 10:59 p.m. E.T. on the evening of August 23. It could be even larger than $700 million if there are enough sales prior to Wednesday's drawing. If won, it would be the second-largest Powerball jackpot ever awarded. The victor, if all six lucky numbers hit, will receive the second largest lotto jackpot in history, according to Texas Lottery officials. If the lump sum option is chosen, the payout would be $443.3 million. In Pennsylvania, tickets are sold until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights, Wednesday and Saturday. Ten percent of survey respondents admit to having a winning ticket they failed to cash in, and 11 percent have lost tickets before the results were published.

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The $2 million victor matched five white numbers drawn - just one number shy of a jackpot win - while the $200,000 victor matched four of the five white numbers drawn, plus the red Powerball number. Early past year, two ticket holders split a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. During the past year, theLotter has helped create Powerball millionaires in Canada, El Salvador & Australia, and a Moscow chauffeur won almost $1.5 million in the Austria Lotto!