The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing is an estimated 340 million dollars. That is the largest jackpot ever for the Powerball game. It surpasses the nearly 315 million dollar prize claimed by a West Virginia man in the Powerball drawing held on Christmas Day back in 2002. You can buy Powerball tickets in Iowa and 26 other states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This past August 28th, changes in the game made it slightly more difficult to win the jackpot, and made the top prize grow more quickly. No one has claimed the Powerball jackpot since mid-August. Lottery officials say this current jackpot shows their changes are working. If you were to have the only winning ticket for Wednesday’s drawing and chose the cash option rather than 20-yearly-payouts, you could get about 164 million dollars in cash.
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