Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Ill, at a news conference to announce their claim to a third of the record $656 million jackpot from the March 30, 2012, Mega Millions drawing. The other two winning tickets were sold in Maryland and Kansas.
Powerball hiked its jackpot today to $425 million for the annuity, $244.7 million for the cash.
Before taxes, of course.
The estimated annuity prize for Wednesday's drawing was put at $400 million after no one matched all of Saturday's numbers.
See "Bucks County tickets wins $1 million in Powerball."
But stronger than expected sales gave the jackpot an early boost.
Even though the chances of winning with a single $2 ticket are a microscopic 1 in 175 million.
Powerball's annuity jackpot is still the fourth biggest in North American history, and now so is the cash jackpot.
No jackpot of $400 million or more has ever rolled over, so if this one does, it might top the record $656 million, set by Mega Millions in March 2012.
Powerball's record of $590 million was set in May.
The third biggest U.S. jackpot, $587.5 million, was set by Powerball in November.
See "Biggest jackpots in U.S. history."
For more, go to www.powerball.com.
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