Powerball Reaches Estimated $500 Million Jackpot

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(CNN) –The Powerball estimated jackpot has risen to $500 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association website.

The prize for Saturday night’s Powerball was $325 million — the fourth-largest in the game’s history. For the 15th consecutive time, no winners matched the numbers, which were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34.

The top prize now increases to an estimated $500 million, the largest in the history of the multistate lottery game.

The next drawing will take place Wednesday.

In 2006, the game handed out its largest prize to date — $365 million — to eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant.

The Powerball is held in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The prize still has a ways to go to match the U.S. record payout of $656 million, set in March by a Mega Millions jackpot that was split between three winners.

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