Powerball's pull puts weekend jackpot at $415 million

It pales in comparison to the record-setting $1.6 billion prize won in January, but this weekend's Powerball jackpot is still one of the largest in the game's history.

This current jackpot has rolled 18 times since someone last won it all on March 2 in Florida, according to California Lottery Officials.

One ticket sold in Florida and one bought in NY for Wednesday's $348 million drawing matched five numbers and are worth $1 million each. She urges players to add a Power Play to their ticket for the chance at winning more.

Powerball is played in 44 states - including DE - as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Dreaming of a nine-figure Powerball prize as you plunk out cash, again, for a ticket? Tickets for Saturday's Powerball drawing can be purchased until 10 p.m. EST. But the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. Players must match all the numbers to win the grand prize. The cash option for the jackpot is $269.7 million.

The Idaho Lottery also recommends players sign the back of their tickets and keep them in a safe place until claiming their prize. But to really increase your odds of winning, you'd need to buy hundreds of thousands or millions of combinations - and even then, you'd likely still not win.

Two other US jackpots that topped $600 million were split between multiple winners.

Jackpot winners face a choice of taking a lump sum or an annuity paid over 30 years. That leaves Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah as the only states that don't participate.

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