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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Powerball officials say the jackpot has climbed to an estimated $600 million, making it the largest prize in the game's history and the world's second largest lottery prize.

Lottery officials say the prize is growing quickly Friday because so many people have been purchasing the $2 tickets. The jackpot has grown by an estimated $236 million since the last drawing on Wednesday.

The last jackpot was won on March 30, so it's been growing for about six weeks. The next drawing is Saturday night.

The largest jackpot ever was a $656 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2012. The prize was split three ways with winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million.

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The jackpot on the Powerball is growing after no one's numbers claimed the $363 million prize Wednesday night. Right now, the jackpot for Saturday's drawing is estimated at $475 million with a cash value of $302.4 million.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night: 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and a Powerball of 32.

Two "Match 5 Winners Power Play" winning tickets were sold in Delaware and Pennsylvania. There were "Match 5" winning tickets sold in several states, including North Carolina. Those tickets are worth $1 million.

You can watch the drawing live on WITN Wednesdays and Saturdays right before WITN News at 11:00 p.m.

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The winning numbers have been drawn for the $363 million Powerball jackpot.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night: 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and a Powerball of 32.

The jackpot is considered the third largest in Powerball history and the seventh largest overall.

There is now word yet if anyone matched all the numbers.

You can watch the drawing live on WITN Wednesdays and Saturdays right before WITN News at 11:00 p.m.

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With the Powerball jackpot at $360 million, a Winston-Salem woman is celebrating her good fortune from last weekend's drawing.

The huge jackpot is up for grabs on Wednesday, but Paula Lampkins cashed in her ticket for $1 million after matching the five white balls last Saturday.

Lampkins is a hospital housekeeper who says winning the lottery means she will no longer need to live with a roommate. But Lampkins did say she will help her roommate because of what she did for her, adding that she would share her $680,000 after-tax winnings with her nine brothers and sisters and two adult children.

Another $1 million prize has yet to be claimed. That ticket was sold in Asheville.

You can watch Wednesday night's Powerball drawing on WITN News at 11 p.m.


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