The winning Powerball numbers were drawn on Saturday night. They were: 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52. The Powerball number was 11.
The Powerball jackpot is holding steady at a record $600 million and, on Friday alone, New Yorkers bought $14.3 million worth of tickets, lottery officials said.
The drawing of the numbers is Saturday night for the second-largest pot ever.
If no one picks the winning six numbers, the prize money will roll over to next week's drawing and almost certainly eclipse the $656 million doled out to winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in the Mega Millions game in March 2012.
But the record could fall Saturday night, too, if a flurry of last-minute ticket purchases pushes the jackpot much above its current $600-million level. Since the previous drawing on Wednesday, it had grown by at least $236 million.
On Friday, the line of customers was growing at the 7-Eleven on Route 110 and Ruland Road in Melville.
"It's crazy," said the convenience store's owner, Burak Cig. Customers usually stop in during the morning rush for coffee and doughnuts. Friday he said they were adding Powerball tickets to their purchases.
Said Cig: "It's $2 a dream."
And the dream does seem simple enough: Just correctly pick five white balls out of a drum of 59 and one red one out of a drum of 35.
The odds, however, of a single $2 ticket hitting the correct combination are about 1 in 175.2 million. That's slightly less likely than randomly drawing the name of one specific female in the United States: 1 in 157 million, according to the last census.
Even if Saturday's drawing doesn't top last year's Mega Millions jackpot, it's already the highest in Powerball history, surpassing that game's $587.5 million record set in November 2012.
A major reason for the sales surge is that last month, Powerball landed the nation's most populous state -- California joined 42 others that offer the game. California lottery director Robert O'Neill said the state had brought "sunshine and good fortune" to Powerball.
The Multi-State Lottery Association conducts the drawing live Saturday night from Tallahassee, Fla. The balls are weighed and X-rayed, and there are practice runs before the official televised version.
With Patricia Kitchen and The Associated Press