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$564 Million Powerball Jackpot Is 5th Largest in U.S. History

UPDATEThree Jackpot Winners in $564M Powerball Drawing

Here is the earlier story:

11, 13, 25, 39, 54. Powerball: 19.

That's the set of winning numbers picked Wednesday night in the $564 million Powerball jackpot.

It's been more than two months since someone won the Powerball jackpot, so the prize has been gradually growing from its $40 million starting point.

The last time Powerball grew nearly so large was February 2014.

Because of strong sales, lottery officials Tuesday raised the estimated jackpot from $450 million to $485 million. On Wednesday it jumped to $500 million.

Lottery officials are quick to point out that the game is for fun and a chance to dream. They note the chance of winning a Powerball jackpot is about 1 in 175 million.

Powerball revenue has been down slightly during a drought of jackpots, but officials say this big prize has caused sales to surge.

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