Powerball jackpot second largest ever at $700 million

A screen displays the value of the Powerball jackpot at a store in New York City on Tuesday

At $700 million, Wednesday night's Powerball Jackpot has become the second largest lottery jackpot in US lottery history.

Meanwhile, players are already lining up at Lottery retailers in hopes of buying the ticket that will win the $650 million jackpot in the Wednesday, Aug. 23 drawing.

In Pennsylvania, Powerball tickets will remain on sale until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights on Wednesday and Saturdays. Last year, during the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, Holyfield says Michigan's lottery office fielded several calls from consumers who purchased tickets online, only to have the vendor shut down without notice.

The estimated jackpot is $700 million only if the victor agrees to get 30 payments over 29 years.

As of mid-day Wednesday, Powerball tickets were selling at a rate of about 8,300 per minute, according to Pennsylvania Lottery officials.

The Iraqi's lottery win was such a unique story that it was reported in the New York Times, the Daily Mail, NBC, CNN, and Associated Press.

A ticket purchased in Iowa came within one number of having at least a share of Saturday's jackpot.

Not to be confused with Dragon Ball, Powerball doesn't host any galactic surfing or martial art fighting anime characters, but is just as epic, responsible for some of the biggest jackpots and taking centre stage in the global lottery line-up.

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"I say, 'If you win, don't forget us little people'".

"I was in shock", he said.

"This one actually ranks as the second largest Powerball jackpot ever, just behind that world jackpot of $1.5 billion, which happened in January of 2016". "I'd maybe buy a boat to float around on the lake", Kinney said.

Jackie Conway of Hampstead plays one Powerball number twice a week.

In other words: The rule change reaped big rewards for states and makes it harder for players to win big. If there's no victor Wednesday, the next prize will continue to climb towards that record.

The reason why the current Powerball prize pool has reached $700 million is because there have been 21 straight Powerball drawings without a victor. THE ODDS The odds of matching all six numbers remain the same, at a miserable one in 292.2 million, regardless of the jackpot prize.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Lottery tickets costs $2 to play. It was a Mega Millions ticket worth $393 million.

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