Powerball jackpot at $320M for Saturday drawing

Red Datts buys Powerball tickets in Savannah, Ga. Red Datts buys Powerball tickets in Savannah, Ga. (Nov. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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The Powerball jackpot surpassed $300 million when no one matched all six numbers in the multistate lottery game.

Saturday's jackpot will be worth at least $320 million, up from Wednesday's $260 million. The winning numbers for Wednesday were 13, 14, 17, 43 and 54, with the Powerball 15.

Three tickets nationwide matched five numbers -- but missed the Powerball -- and are worth $1 million, the New York Lottery website said. None of the three tickets were sold in New York.

Lottery officials say more tickets are sold when jackpots rise toward $300 million, so players likely can expect longer lines at their favorite lottery retailers.

The cash value -- one lump-sum payment instead of annual payments -- for Saturday's jackpot is $198.3 million, according to Powerball.com.

Saturday's jackpot could exceed $320 million if projected sales spike in the preceding hours.

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The $60 million jump from Wednesday's jackpot was because of "brisk sales" nationwide, the New York Lottery said in a news release.

Saturday's jackpot is the sixth largest in Powerball's 20-year history. The record Powerball jackpot of $587.5 million on Nov. 28, 2012, was split by winners in Missouri and Arizona.


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