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Are you playing? Powerball jackpot reaches $550 million

powerballWASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) — The Powerball jackpot climbed to $550 million — the third largest jackpot in U.S. history — after no one won the most recent drawing, officials said.

There were no winners in Wednesday evening’s drawing, which means the jackpot for Saturday’s drawing will be at least $550 million, CNN reported.

The largest jackpot in U.S. history was a $656 million in a Mega Millions game that was split by three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in March 2012, followed by Powerball jackpot of $587.6 million jackpot in November that was won by players in Arizona and Missouri.

Powerball, which costs $2 to play, is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There is a 1 in 175 million chance of winning the game.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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