Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $425 Million

Drawing held Wednesday night

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013  |  Updated 11:55 PM CDT
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North Texans are checking their Powerball tickets against six numbers tonight for a chance at the jackpot.

Eric King, NBC 5 News

North Texans are checking their Powerball tickets against six numbers tonight for a chance at the jackpot.

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North Texans are buying up lottery tickets and dreaming of what they'll do if they win the $425 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday night.

Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $425M

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is now at an estimated $425 million, the third largest jackpot ever. The jackpot began as a $40 million prize on June 26 and rose to the $425 million mark after 12 draws without a jackpot winner. In May, the Powerball reached its highest jackpot ever with $587.5 million. Powerball is played in 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Odds of winning the jackpot prize are one in 175,223,510, and overall odds of winning any prize are one in 32.
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Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is now at an estimated $425 million, the third largest Powerball jackpot ever.

This jackpot started as a $40 million prize on June 26 and is the result of 12 draws without a jackpot winner.

Winning Powerball tickets were sold in Bells and Murphy in May, giving Texas its first-ever Powerball jackpot winners. The holder of the Bells ticket won about $25 million on a cash-value option quick pick ticket for the $40 million jackpot. The Murphy ticket holder took home about $1 million from the drawing after matching five of five numbers but not the Powerball.

The jackpot is the current largest jackpot available and the fourth largest jackpot in history for any lottery game.

Powerball is played in 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Odds of winning the jackpot prize are one in 175,223,510, and overall odds of winning any prize are one in 32.

Earlier this year, the Powerball jackpot reached a record $600 million.

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