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$750 million Powerball jackpot would be 4th-largest win

October 27, 2018 - 7:05 pm
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DES MOINES, Iowa (1010 WINS/AP) -- Lottery players will have a shot at the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. history as numbers are drawn for the estimated $750 million Powerball game.

The drawing Saturday night will come four days after someone won a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest prize. The ticket was sold in South Carolina.

Those planning to spend $2 on a Powerball ticket can hope for a giant payday but should realize they have almost no chance of winning the top prize. That's because the odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

No one has won the Powerball jackpot since Aug. 11.

The $750 million prize refers to the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years. A winner who opted for cash would get $428.6 million.

A look at the 10 largest U.S. jackpots that have been won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:

1. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)

2. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018 (one ticket, South Carolina)

3. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)

4. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland)

5. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia)

6. $590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013 (one ticket, from Florida)

7. $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012 (two tickets, from Arizona and Missouri)

8. $564.1 million, Powerball, Feb. 11, 2015 (three tickets, from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas)

9. $559.7 million, Powerball, Jan. 6, 2018 (one ticket, New Hampshire)

10. $543 million, Mega Millions, July 24, 2018 (one ticket, California)