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No Powerball winner; jackpot soars to $475 million

By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 04:50 a.m. HST, May 16, 2013


DES MOINES, Iowa » So you didn't win Wednesday's $360 million Powerball jackpot? Make that you and everyone else.

A message today on the multistate lottery's website said the jackpot has soared to $475 million after none of the ticket sold matched all the winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing: 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and a Powerball of 32.

The next drawing will be held Saturday.

A jackpot of $475 million ranks as the second largest in Powerball history and third biggest overall.

Lottery officials expect jackpot totals of this size to continue to climb in shorter amounts of time, thanks in part to a game redesign in January 2012 that increased the odds of winning some kind of prize, but also lowered the possible number combinations to win the Powerball.

There's also "cross-selling" of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets - states being able to sell both Powerball tickets and Mega Millions tickets - that began in January 2010. As a result, large jackpots will continue to surpass all-time jackpot records set years ago, said Mary Neubauer, spokeswoman for the Iowa Lottery. Iowa is one of the founding Powerball states.

"It usually took a handful of months, if not several months, for a jackpot to reach this large amount," she said. "Now it's achieving that within a handful of weeks. I think the redesign is achieving exactly what we had wanted it to achieve, which is the bigger, faster-growing jackpot."

The redesign means players don't necessarily have to strike big to get lucky. A $1 increase and new $1 million and $2 million prizes means the odds of winning something have increased. Just last Saturday, there was no Powerball jackpot winner, but more than a dozen tickets won $1 million prizes in 10 states.

In fact, more than half of the all-time jackpot records have been reached in the last three years. The top two all-time jackpots - $656 million from a Mega Millions jackpot and $587.5 million from a Powerball jackpot - were achieved in 2012.

The last major jackpot win came when a New Jersey man won a $338.3 million jackpot on March 23. It is now considered the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history.

Players aren't complaining about the large sums. That just gets them thinking.

"I'd hire someone to tell me what to do with the money," said R.J. Konyek, 36, an engineer for Union Pacific in Omaha, Neb. "I'd definitely be up for the challenge (of spending the jackpot)."

Insurance agent Joe Williams, of Middleton, Wis., is trying like so many others to get lucky with Powerball. He won $500 several years ago and now wants to score a little higher. Williams doesn't necessarily spend more when the prize is high. But his $4 investment in the quick-pick option means he does spend.

"I know rationally it makes no sense," he said. "But at the same time, without a ticket, I have zero chance."

Ervin Torok, a truck driver from Sioux Falls, S.D., also is looking for his second chance. He won a $500 prize a few years back.

"You never know," Torok, 52, said while checking some lottery tickets from a gas station. "Maybe one day you'll get lucky and win."

Tom Powers, 52, a janitor from Omaha, Neb., bought several tickets Tuesday from a convenience store. He said he would definitely walk away from work if he won the jackpot, but he's not sure how he would spend all the winnings.

"It's really unfathomable the amount of money this is putting out," Powers said.

Associated Press writers Kevin Wang in Madison, Wis., Kristi Eaton in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Josh Funk in Omaha, Neb., contributed to this report.







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false wrote:
is it true you can get PowerBall tickets in honolulu at the St. Louis Alumni Association bar?
on May 16,2013 | 02:00AM
kailua000 wrote:
no just another rumor why we even have it in our paper is stupid cant play. should though, many states put it towards education and Hawaii needs that badly.
on May 16,2013 | 03:51AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hahahahaha! $475 million and Hawaii people have ZERO CHANCE to win it! Give thanks to all the chickens scared that they cannot control themselves with gambling near and the Puritans who are holier than thou and shudder at the thought of gambling but gamble on everything else like the stock market.
on May 16,2013 | 05:42AM
hanalei395 wrote:
To calm you down..... Have you got any kids on the U.S. continent living in a state with Powerball? If you do, and your kid hits the jackpot, or a lesser prize.....you'll get some of it. Problem solved.
on May 16,2013 | 07:21AM
olos73 wrote:
That's OK, anti-gamers are happy to give their money to the State. More taxes, more bettah...
on May 16,2013 | 08:31AM
Mei mei wrote:
real big bummer, we can't participate here... IT's like waving it in our faces and teasing -
on May 16,2013 | 10:27AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Maybe (hopefully?) the jackpot will go to a billion...or more. And only one winner, an unemployed person. That would be fun to see. From a pauper .... to a billionaire.
on May 16,2013 | 01:48PM
olos73 wrote:
Story on tonight's ABC News, a Chicago man cleaning up their house because it was in foreclosure, found 11 tickets from the February, Chicago Lotto. Tickets were in a cookie jar. Took the tickets to the 7-Eleven where he bought them to check if he won anything. One winner. Was presented with his check yesterday for $4.85 million. Will pay off their mortgage, take care of bills, and donate to their church and favorite charities. Miracles do happen...
on May 16,2013 | 07:03PM
64hoo wrote:
called my brother in Virginia the powerball is at 550 million not 475 million
on May 17,2013 | 12:20PM
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