Feeling Lucky? Powerball Drawing for More than $400M

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Numbers were drawn in Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot drawing for a whopping $425.3 million. The numbers were 17, 49, 54, 35, and 1. The Powerball: 34.

It’s the sixth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history and the largest so far this year, but lottery officials say 2014 could be a record-breaking year.

“We could easily hit that $1 billion mark,” said Gary Grief, head of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. “And that would sure be exciting for everyone.”

Since Powerball doubled the cost of its tickets to $2 in January 2012, massive jackpots have become the new normal. The largest Powerball bonanza — $590 million — was claimed by an elderly Florida woman in 2013.

The lottery is played in 43 states in addition to Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers and winning the jackpot is 1 in about 175 million, according to the game’s website.

Wednesday night’s jackpot took a bit longer to grow — since late 2013 — likely because of Mother Nature. In August, the jackpot reached $400 million on the 12th roll. This time, it took 16 rolls to get to that amount.

Because of the extreme weather in the weeks leading up to Wednesday night’s jackpot drawing, fewer people appeared to venture out to purchase tickets.

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