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Powerball up to $415 million; no jackpot winners Wednesday

Ora Heath of Southold tries her luck with

Ora Heath of Southold tries her luck with a Powerball ticket purchase at the 7-Eleven in Southold on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Credit: Randee Daddona

Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot topped $360 million, but there was no top winner. It’s the second straight drawing in which the big prize is more than $300 million and the 18th straight without a grand-prize winner.

The jackpot for Saturday’s drawing rose to an estimated $415 million. The numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 30, 47, 57, 66, 69 and the Powerball of 3.

Once jackpots in multistate lottery games reach $300 million or more, interest and ticket sales climb significantly, experts say.

No one matched Saturday’s numbers 3, 12, 16, 32, 34 and the Powerball of 14, increasing the jackpot from $314 million.

One ticket sold at Kings Pharmacy on Hudson Street in the TriBeCa area of Manhattan matched all five numbers but not the Powerball; that ticket was worth $1 million, lottery officials said.

The lump sum value of Wednesday’s grand prize is $226.1 million. The $361.5 million jackpot ranks 15th among the largest grand prizes in U.S. lottery history, far behind the $1.586 billion prize split three ways for the Jan. 13 Powerball game.

Powerball says the odds of winning the top prize are 1 in more than 292 million.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

With AP

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