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Powerball jackpot climbs to 8th-largest in game history

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The Powerball jackpot has risen to another record-breaking total after no tickets matched all six numbers drawn on Wednesday night.

The winning numbers were white balls 16, 27, 59, 62, 63, and red Powerball 23 with a Power Play multiplier of three.

Wednesday’s drawing produced more than a million winning tickets across the country, including a ticket in Georgia that matched all five white balls to win a $1 million prize. Other big wins include 25 tickets that won $50,000 prizes and eleven tickets that won $150,000 prizes.

The grand prize now stands at $725 million with an estimated cash value of $345.7 million for Saturday night’s drawing.

The jackpot currently ranks as the eighth-largest prize in Powerball history, as well as the game’s third-largest this year.

The last record-breaking Powerball jackpot was won in California on July 19, with the overall prize totaling $1.08 billion — the game’s third jackpot to ever reach the billion-dollar mark. A few months prior, a $754.6 million jackpot was won in Washington on February 6.

The upcoming drawing on Saturday night will be the 28th in the current jackpot run following the last hit in July.

If a player wins the jackpot on Saturday night, they will have the choice between an annuitized prize worth an estimated $725 million or a lump sum payment estimated at $345.7 million.

At this time, the odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

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