Powerball Jackpot Increases to $478 Million

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The jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing is now $478 million.

The $43.2 million increase from the advertised jackpot on Wednesday is due to brisk sales across all 44 participating Powerball states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot was $434.8 million and produced over 164,000 winning tickets in New York State including three $50,000 winning tickets sold in the Bronx, Nassau and Rockland counties.

Lottery officials remind players that they could be a winner even if they don’t win the jackpot prize. The second place prize is $1 million dollars for matching the first five numbers. 

Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights; tickets can be purchased until 10 p.m. those days.

Previously, the largest Powerball jackpot ever claimed in New York was by a group of 20 co-workers from a Costco store in Melville, NY who split the $201.9 million jackpot drawn on June 1, 2011.

The largest Powerball jackpot across all participating states to date was $1.58 billion, won in California, Florida and Tennessee earlier this year on January 13, 2016.

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