Powerball up to nearly $300 million

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Wednesday's Powerball jackpot climbed to nearly $300 million after no tickets matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing.

The Wednesday jackpot is $284 million, a far cry from the largest lottery prize in the United States -- $656 million in the March 30, 2012, Mega Millions drawing.

But tickets sales generally surge when jackpots near $300 million, lottery experts say.

So it's conceivable higher-than-anticipated ticket sales could generate a jackpot "bump," pushing Wednesday's prize to $300 million or more.

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Ten tickets nationwide matched five numbers in Saturday's Powerball game -- 24, 25, 34, 37 and 54 -- but missed the Powerball, 29.

Two of the 10 tickets were sold in New York, in Tarrytown and Brooklyn.

Those tickets are worth a second-place prize of $1 million, the New York Lottery said.

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