Powerball jackpot biggest in 6 months

Mega Millions trails, but topped $100 million.

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An image from the video of the Feb. 5, 2014 Powerball drawing shows the winning numbers.

Powerball's jackpot, which has been growing since late last year, rose to nearly a quarter-billion dollars when no one matched all the numbers Wednesday night.

They were 8, 17, 32, 57 and 59, with a Powerball of 24.

A South Carolina ticket won $2 million for matching the first five while having the Power Play prize-boosting option. Tickets in Illinois and Minnesota won $1 million each for matching the first five without the Power Play.

The annuity for Saturday's drawing will be worth an estimated $247 million, with the cash payout worth $142.5 million.

It's the biggest annuity since August, when the jackpot reached $448.4 million. Two New Jersey winners and one in Minnesota split the $258 milllion cash.

That annuity jackpot is No. 5 on the all-time U.S. list.

Mega Millions. The jackpots rose to $107 million for the annuity and $59 million for the cash when no one matched all of Tuesday night's numbers -- 25, 44, 49, 60 and 73 -- but not the Mega Ball, which came up 9. The biggest winner was a California ticket that matched the first five numbers, winning $910,781 under that state's pari-mutuel system.

The next drawing is Friday night.

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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