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Powerball: Tonight’s jackpot at $359 million

Lorraine Trotta of Lindenhurst buys a Powerball ticket

Lorraine Trotta of Lindenhurst buys a Powerball ticket from Maulik & Chandni stationary store in Lindenhurst on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.  Photo Credit: Newsday / Jessica Rotkiewicz

Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot is at $359 million, the 18th largest in the history of American big-prize lottery games.

While it’s a far cry from the record — a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot from January of this year — it’s still a tidy sum.

No one matched the five numbers 16, 24, 28, 43, 61 and the Powerball of 21 in Saturday’s drawing, increasing the jackpot from $320 million, according to the New York Lottery.

Nationwide, one ticket sold in Michigan for Saturday’s drawing matched the five numbers but missed the Powerball. That ticket is worth $1 million, the lottery said.

Generally, sales pick up significantly in the big-prize, multistate lottery games when jackpots surpass $300 million, lottery officials say.

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