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# Powerball Jackpot: \$485 Million Awaits Wednesday's Drawing

A woman buys a Powerball ticket at a newsstand, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:06 AM

The Powerball jackpot has reached an estimated \$485 million for Wednesday's drawing, the fifth largest lottery prize in the country's history, after no one won the jackpot over the weekend.

According to the Powerball website, the \$485 million jackpot has a cash value of \$327.7 million before taxes. No one matched the drawing numbers 5, 10, 21, 34, 58 and Powerball 33 on Saturday.

Wednesday's drawing will be held at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time, but lottery players will be able to purchase tickets up to two hours before the drawing, unless the rules in the state specify otherwise, according to CNN.

"The odds are overwhelming and you probably won't win, but if you buy tickets, check them anyway, even if the grand prize goes to someone in another state," wrote CNN's Steve Almasy. "That's because there are secondary prizes, such as \$1 million for matching five balls but missing on the Powerball."

"In the most recent drawing, 11 people became millionaires," Almasy reported. "That is, as long as they checked their tickets and claimed their prizes."

And what are the odds? The Los Angeles Times reported that players would have a better chance being hit by an asteroid (1 in 700,000) than matching the six Powerball lottery numbers (1 in 176 million).

"Odds of dying in a shark attack: 1 in 3.1 million," wrote the Times' Matt Stevens. "Odds of dating a supermodel: 1 in 880,000. Chance of being struck by lightning: 1 in 12,000 – but some climate scientists predict that will narrow to 1 in 8,000 by 2100. Odds of dying from flesh-devouring bacteria: 1 in a million. The odds of having an 11th toe: 1 in 500."

One reason the jackpot jumped to such heights is there hasn't been a winning ticket sold since Nov. 29, when Lisa Quam, of Auburn, Washington, won a \$90 million jackpot, noted the Times and Powerball.

"I yelled to my family, 'Get up here!' They all thought I was mad and angry about something," Quam told lottery officials when she learned she won the Powerball. "My daughter asked, 'Is this an emergency?' and I said, 'yes.' It took me a few days before I realized I don't I don't have to get up in the morning."

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The Powerball jackpot has reached an estimated \$485 million for Wednesday's drawing, the fifth largest lottery prize in the country's history, after no one won the jackpot over the weekend.
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