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Powerball jackpot increases to $1.4B for Saturday night drawing

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The Powerball jackpot is now ranking as the fifth-largest prize in U.S. history at an estimated $1.4 billion after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Wednesday night.

The winning numbers were white balls 9, 35, 54, 63, 64, and red Powerball 1 with a PowerPlay multiplier of two.

Wednesday’s drawing produced more than 3.2 million winning tickets across the country, including seven tickets Calif., Colo., N.Y., Pa., and Texas that matched all five white balls to win $1 million prizes.

Three tickets in Ky., Pa., and Texas matched all five white balls and increased the $1 million prize to $2 million by including the Power Play feature. Other big wins include 81 tickets that won $50,000 prizes and 13 tickets that won $100,000 prizes.

There was also a ticket in Florida that won a $500,000 prize in the Double Play drawing, held after the Powerball drawing.

The upcoming Powerball drawing on Saturday will be the 34th drawing in the jackpot run, and the first time in Powerball history that back-to-back jackpot cycles have generated billion-dollar grand prizes.

The Powerball jackpot was previously won on July 19, when a ticket in California won a jackpot worth $1.08 billion.

If a player wins the jackpot on Saturday night, they will have the choice between an annuitized prize worth an estimated $1.4 billion or a lump sum payment estimated at $643.7 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

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