Powerball jackpot biggest in 6 months

Mega Millions trails, but topped $100 million.

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.

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