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Powerball jackpot at $361M for Wednesday drawing, lottery says

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A lottery player fills out numbers on a Powerball form in file photo taken on Jan. 12, 2016. Credit: AP

It’s a far cry from $1.586 billion, the biggest lottery jackpot in the history of North American games. But Wednesday’s Powerball grand prize is still a nice chunk o’ change.

The jackpot of $361 million is the ninth-largest in the history of the Powerball game and the 15th largest overall among big-money lottery prizes in the United States, according to lottery records.

January’s $1.586 billion Powerball ranks as the top grand prize in U.S. lottery history.

Wednesday’s lump-sum cash option is worth $250.3 million before taxes.

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