Powerball jackpot up to $350 million
With the Powerball jackpot surpassing $300 million it's a good bet ticket lines for Wednesday's drawing will be a tad longer.
Typically, when lottery jackpots grow to $300 million or more the interest among buyers surges. Lottery officials expect the same pattern after no one matched the winning numbers -- 6, 13, 19, 23, 43 plus the Powerball of 16 -- on Saturday.
That means Wednesday's Powerball prize is $350 million, an increase of $80 million.
Two tickets in New York matched the five numbers but did not have the Powerball for Saturday's drawing; each ticket is worth $1 million, lottery officials said.
Christy Calicchia of the New York Lottery said it's always hard to tell at what point interest in a large jackpot starts to build but $300 million usually is a good place to start.
"It's getting up there," she said of Wednesday's jackpot, which is worth a lump-sum payment of $222.8 million after taxes.
An unexpected surge in sales could push the jackpot past $350 million, she said. "But we might have a better sense of it when we get to Wednesday."
Either way, it's the third-largest Powerball jackpot in the game's history. The largest was $587.5 million on Nov. 12, 2012, split by winners in Arizona and Missouri, followed by a $365 million jackpot in 2006 won by one person in Nebraska.