Powerball jackpot grows to $725 million after no winning tickets were found on Wednesday


Powerball players now have a chance to win an estimated $725 million jackpot this weekend after there were no big winners in Wednesday night’s drawing.

Wednesday’s numbers were 16, 27, 59, 62 and 63 and the Powerball was 23.

The $725 million jackpot for Saturday’s drawing will be the third-largest Powerball prize this year, behind the $754.6 million jackpot won in Washington state in February and the massive $1.08 billion jackpot won in California in July. The lottery said Wednesday that Saturday’s jackpot will be the eighth-largest prize in the game’s history.

The lottery says if there is a grand prize winner in Saturday’s drawing, that person can choose to take the entire jackpot in graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum of an estimated $345.7 million.

Although no one took home the top prize Wednesday night, more than 1 million tickets won some kind of prize — most of them amounting to $21 or less.

Two tickets sold in Georgia and Texas each took $2 million for matching the first five numbers and activating the “Power Play” multiplier. Another ticket sold in Georgia won $1 million for matching the first five numbers without a multiplier.

Twenty-seven Powerball drawings have taken place since the $1.08 billion jackpot was won in July. That July drawing was only the third Powerball jackpot win to reach or exceed $1 billion.

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