Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Powerball jackpot of $400 million is fourth biggest ever

Eleven tickets, including one sold in Philadelphia, came close, missing only the Powerball.

William L. Seeley shouts as he holds up a ceremonial check for Powerball jackpot winnings on Aug. 13, 2013, in Toms River, N.J. He was part of "Ocean´s 16," a group of 16 public vehicle service workers that had one of the three winning tickets in the previous week´s $448 million jackpot. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
William L. Seeley shouts as he holds up a ceremonial check for Powerball jackpot winnings on Aug. 13, 2013, in Toms River, N.J. He was part of "Ocean's 16," a group of 16 public vehicle service workers that had one of the three winning tickets in the previous week's $448 million jackpot. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Powerball jackpot is up to $400 million, and bet on it rising again before Wednesday's drawing.

What a difference a year makes. Until last November, Powerball's record jackpot was $365 million. Now that's only No. 5, and the record, set in May, is $590.5 million.

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

Powerball's grand prize is up, of course, because no one matched all the numbers drawn Saturday night: 1, 17, 25, 37 and 44, with a Powerball of 20.

Eleven tickets came close, missing only the Powerball. Two sold in Eastern Pennsylvania were among 10 that won $1 million.

They were sold at the Bi Rite Deli at 3220 Red Lion Rd. in Philadelphia and at Ahart’s Market, 326 S. Walnut St., in Bath, Northampton County. That's north of Allentown, near Nazareth.

The other eight $1 million winners were sold in New York, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Georgia and Idaho. A California ticket that also matched the first five numbers won $2,479,122 under that state's pari-mutuel system.

The cash jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is $223.6 million.

Powerball's current run also set another record: It's the first time two consecutive jackpots reached $400 million.

The Aug. 7 jackpot of $448.4 million was hit by three tickets, two of them sold in New Jersey, one in Minnesota. The cash jackpot of $258.2 million was split three ways.

If the current Powerball jackpot rolls over, it might challenge the all-time record for any U.S. lottery, the $656 million jackpot Mega Millions had in March 2012.

For more, go to Powerball.com.

Mega Millions jackpot up to $130 million. Nobody matched all the numbers drawn Friday night: 9, 22, 28, 48 and 54, with a Mega Ball of 8. Two California tickets and one sold in Maryland matched the first five numbers. The cash jackpot for Tuesday's drawing is $88 million. For more, go to MegaMillions.com.

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

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