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Powerball Jackpot Reaches $290M, Next Drawing on Saturday

By Alexandra Ward   |   Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 11:55 AM

The Powerball jackpot swelled to an estimated $290 million after Wednesday's drawing failed to produce a winner.

July 31st's winning numbers were 8, 24, 39, 49, 59, and the Powerball number was 5.

One person each in Oklahoma and Oregon won $2 million on the Match 5 Winners Power Play Wednesday, according to the lottery's website, and five people — one each from California, Connecticut, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania — are $1 million richer.

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The new jackpot has a $168.4 million cash option.

The next drawing is Saturday.

Gloria MacKenzie, 84, claimed the largest Powerball jackpot in history in June after she hit for $590.5 million. MacKenzie, of Zephyrhills, Fla., opted for the lump sum of $370.9 million (or $278 million after taxes).

MacKenzie has stayed out of the public eye since winning her millions. Her only comments to reporters came in the form of a statement read by lottery officials on her behalf shortly after her win.

"While in line at Publix, another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket," MacKenzie said in the statement. "We are grateful with this blessing of winning the Florida Lottery Powerball jackpot. We hope that everyone would give us the opportunity to maintain our privacy for our family’s benefit."

The chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.

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