Powerball jackpot grows to $550 million

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 Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing once again failed to produce a jackpot winner.

The good news is that means there’s a chance for an even bigger prize in the next drawing Saturday night. The size of the jackpot jumped to an estimated $550 million from the $460 million prize heading into Wednesday’s drawing.

The winning numbers that no one managed to claim were 2, 18, 37, 39, and 42, with a Powerball number of 12.

But just because no one claimed the jackpot doesn’t mean there were no winners. In fact at least six tickets won secondary prizes of $1 million or more. Be sure to check your tickets — every year billions of dollars in prize money goes unclaimed.

And there’s another chance to win big coming up.

Before the next Powerball numbers come out, the competing Mega Millions game has a drawing this Friday. With no jackpot winner since Oct. 13, Mega Millions has an estimated jackpot of $418 million up for grabs.

This week was the first time on record that both lottery games offered prizes of $400 million or more at the same time. But it’s a situation that is set to happen more frequently.

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