Powerball jackpot reaches $260 million

Red Datts buys Powerball tickets in Savannah, Ga. Red Datts buys Powerball tickets in Savannah, Ga. The $580 million jackpot is the largest in Powerball history. (Nov. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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The lottery lines at your favorite convenience or grocery store could be a bit longer with Wednesday's Powerball jackpot reaching at least $260 million.

There were no winners in Saturday's multistate Powerball drawing when the numbers 3, 7, 21, 44 and 53, along with the Powerball of 16, were selected.

Many customers start to purchase more tickets when the jackpots rise toward $300 million, according to lottery officials.

Thirteen tickets sold Saturday nationwide matched the five numbers but missed the Powerball and are worth $1 million each, according to the New York Lottery's website.

One of the $1 million tickets was sold in Manhattan, at London Grocery, 252 10th Ave.

The cash value -- one lump-sum payment instead of annual payments -- for Wednesday's jackpot is $161.1 million, according to Powerball.com.

Christy Calicchia, a spokeswoman for the New York Lottery, said it's conceivable Wednesday's jackpot could surpass $260 million, if sales projections over the next two days were to spike.

"It all depends on sales," she said. "We'll have a better sense as we get closer to Wednesday."

The record jackpot for the Powerball game is $587.5 million on Nov. 28, 2012, split by winners in Missouri and Arizona.

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