Going Up: Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $500 Million for Wednesday Night’s Drawing

Strong player interest has pushed up Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot by $50 million to a whopping $500 million. The cash option for the jackpot is $306 million.

The $500 million jackpot is the second-largest Powerball jackpot in the last 12 months. In February 2015, three tickets purchased in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas split a $564.1 million jackpot. Wednesday’s jackpot is the fourth largest in Powerball history.

Powerball was a lucrative game for Michigan Lottery players in 2015. In September, Julie Leach, of Three Rivers, won the game’s $310.5 million jackpot. In addition to Leach’s jackpot, four players won the game’s $1 million prize.

If a Michigan player win’s Wednesday’s $500 million jackpot, it would be the largest Powerball prize won in the state. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

Players still have plenty of time to purchase tickets for Wednesday night’s drawing. Lottery retailers throughout the state are selling Powerball tickets for tonight’s drawing until 9:45 p.m.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to five times may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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