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Powerball jackpot 10th biggest ever, as 8 tickets just miss

Powerball winner William L. Seeley shouts as he holds up a ceremonial check on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Toms River, N.J. "Ocean´s 16,"  a group of 16 public employees at the Jersey Shore, had one of the three tickets that hit a $448 million jackpot. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Powerball winner William L. Seeley shouts as he holds up a ceremonial check on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Toms River, N.J. "Ocean's 16," a group of 16 public employees at the Jersey Shore, had one of the three tickets that hit a $448 million jackpot. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Powerball has its tenth largest annuity jackpot ever, $330 million, because no one matched all the numbers drawn Wednesday night.

They were 36, 44, 49, 52 and 57, with a Powerball of 1.

The "real" jackpot -- the cash payout almost every winner takes -- rose to $189 million, also among the game's Top 10.

Pennsylvania sold two tickets that missed only the Powerball, winning $1 million. Also matching the first five were tickets sold in New York, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Florida and California. Unlike the others, California will pay out $723,452, under that state's pari-mutuel system.

Even more frustrated have to be the 42 folks who missed only one of the first five numbers. They defied odds of 1 chance in 649,000, but don't come close to a six-figure payday. Thirty-nine get $10,000 each, while three get $20,000 apiece, for also having the Power Play multiplier option.

Other games frequently offer better odds if you're looking for anything less than the jackpot.

With a single ticket having just 1 chance in 175 million, the jackpot could rise again. Powerball has topped the $400 million mark three times, all since November 2012.

See: "Biggest jackpots in U.S. lottery history."

Mega Millions. The jackpot went up to $139 million, $76 million for the cash, on Tuesday night because nobody overcome the game's staggering odds of 1 in 258.9 million of winning with a single ticket.

Indeed, nobody even matched the first five numbers, a feat that's a 1 in 18 million shot. (Powerball's more favorable for winning $1 million -- 1 in 5 million -- though only Mega Millions through its Megaplier has second prizes that can reach $3 million to $5 million.)

The numbers were 43, 64, 67, 71 and 73, with a Mega Ball of 4.

Those first five numbers are so high, playing a birthday or anniversary could have matched only the Mega Ball.
In October, as part of its revamping, Mega Millions extended the range of the first five numbers to 1 to 75.
For more on lotteries, go to Philly.com's lottery page, Powerball.com or MegaMillions.com.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.
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