Powerball jackpot jumps to $314 million with no big lottery winner

No one has won the Powerball jackpot in more than 2 months. The cash option for Saturday's drawing will be at least $179 million

Another Powerball lottery drawing was held without a jackpot winner on Wednesday night, pushing the top prize for Saturday’s drawing to $314 million.

The cash option will be worth at least $179.4 million. 

There were three tickets sold for Tuesday’s drawing that matched five numbers but not the Powerball – one each in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. Each is worth $1 million. 

In addition, 15 tickets matched four numbers plus the Powerball. Twelve are worth $50,000 while three are valued at $150,000 because the winners spent an extra $1 to exercise the Power Play option. 

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Tuesday’s winning numbers were 8, 23, 27, 42 and 60. The Powerball drawn was 7 and the Powerplay was 3X.

No one has hit the Powerball jackpot since Aug. 11. That’s when Nandlall Mangal, 42, won the $245.6 million prize with a ticket he bought at a Stop & Shop in Staten Island, New York. Since then, 17 twice-weekly drawings have been held without a top-prize winner. 

The Powerball jackpot has been captured six times this year, including once in New Jersey. 

Saturday’s drawing will be held at 10:59 p.m. and be televised on WABC-7 in New York City and Fox 29 in Philadelphia. 

The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1. A player who buys a $2 ticket has about a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to match five numbers and win at least $1 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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