Powerball jackpot soars to $475 million
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — So you didn’t win Wednesday’s $360 million Powerball jackpot? Make that you and everyone else.
A message early today on the multistate lottery’s website said the jackpot has soared to $475 million after none of the tickets sold matched all the winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing: 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and a Powerball of 32.
The next drawing will be held Saturday.
A jackpot of $475 million ranks as the second largest in Powerball history and third biggest overall.
Lottery officials expect jackpot totals of this size to continue to climb in shorter amounts of time, thanks in part to a game redesign in January 2012 that increased the odds of winning some kind of prize, but also lowered the possible number combinations to win the Powerball.