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Powerball jackpot at $403M for Wednesday drawing

Kay Holt of Hauppauge buys Powerball tickets at

Kay Holt of Hauppauge buys Powerball tickets at Card Fanatics in Hauppauge on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, when the jackpot was $349 million. Since no one hit all the numbers in that drawing, the jackpot has climbed to $403 million for the drawing on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday has climbed to a steep $403 million after no one hit all the numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

Saturday’s numbers were 3, 7, 9, 31 and 33 with a Powerball of 20; the Power Play was 3. Three winners won $2 million by matching five numbers plus the Power Play, and five winners received $1 million for matching five numbers.

The estimated grand prize for a single winner is now $403 million spread out in even payments over 30 years to a single player; the cash option is $243.9 million.

“We’re above $400 million so the excitement has started to be very evident in the stores,” New York Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman said Tuesday. “You can also win $1 million just by matching the first five white balls.”

Hapeman explained that to win the big jackpot a player must match numbers on all five white balls plus the yellow Powerball.

An anonymous player in Delaware was the winner of the last jackpot on Dec. 17 — advertised at $121 million — and the lucky person chose to take the $72 million cash option.

The all-time highest Powerball jackpot dates to a little more than a year ago when $1.6 billion was split three ways among winners in Tennessee, Florida and California.

Hapeman said Wednesday’s jackpot ranks eighth on the Powerball winnings scale.

The deadline for purchasing Powerball entries is 10 p.m. Wednesday, Hapeman said.

The Powerball drawing is every Wednesday and Saturday just before 11 p.m. Players choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. Each ticket costs $2, with an extra $1 option for a Power Play, which could increase non-jackpot payouts by up to five times and is determined at the time of the drawing.

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