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Powerball jackpot at $400M after no weekend winner

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:37 p.m. HST, Aug 04, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa >> No one hit the Powerball jackpot this weekend, so the money will roll over and create a roughly $400 million prize for Wednesday's drawing.

The midweek jackpot remains below the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May by an 84-year-old Florida woman. But as it stands, it would be the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever and the fourth-largest lottery prize on record.

Saturday's winning numbers were 21, 24, 36, 42 and 45; the Powerball was 15.

The changes Powerball organizers made to the game last year are coming to roost in the billowing jackpots, with Wednesday's pushing into record territory less than three months after Gloria C. Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla., claimed the biggest Powerball prize ever.

Powerball tickets doubled in price to $2 in January 2012 as part of a plan to help jackpots grow bigger, faster. And when the jackpots reach astronomical levels, ticket sales take off, with jackpots following close behind.

If Wednesday's jackpot doesn't top $400 million, a single winner choosing the cash option would collect $230.3 million before taxes.

No matter how many people play the game, the odds of matching all six numbers remains 1 in 175.2 million.

Half of the $2 cost of a Powerball ticket goes toward the prizes, the rest to the state lottery organization.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Each state that participates in the game decides how to use the money. Some states earmark the money for a specific purpose, such as education, while others use it in their general funds.


Online: www.powerball.com

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HealthyandHappy wrote:
Our legislature could use the money to fund the state employees retirement fund.
on August 4,2013 | 08:14PM
st1d wrote:
got my 20 quick picks. only play when it goes over 300 million.
on August 4,2013 | 08:26PM
Giligan wrote:
Coward legislators think they are righteous, but Hawaii residents don't even get a chance to dream.
on August 4,2013 | 09:15PM
serious wrote:
No, it's the airlines that go to Vegas and the Vegas casinos that fund their campaigns. Same as the unions fighting the Jones Act,
on August 5,2013 | 03:18AM
sailfish1 wrote:
43 States, D.C., and the Virgin Islands can do it. What is the problem with Hawaii?
on August 5,2013 | 07:14AM
hanalei395 wrote:
No problem with Hawai'i. It's a problem with gambling addicts. ... Vegas ...problem solved.
on August 5,2013 | 08:23AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Are you saying that Hawaii has more gambling addicts than other states? If so, where do you get that info?
on August 5,2013 | 06:17PM
olos73 wrote:
Hawaii broke. That's why taxes go up, and wallets go down.
on August 5,2013 | 02:24PM
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