Powerball jackpot climbs to $435 million

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Saturday's Powerball Jackpot will be one of the largest in the game's history.

According to the Virginia Lottery, there were almost 45,000 winning tickets in the Commonwealth, but none drawn in Virginia or anywhere in the United States matched the six numbers. Florida was one of three states nationally to have a victor in the world record-setting $1.58 billion POWERBALL jackpot in January 2016.

Saturday's drawing is the largest single jackpot since a $435.3 million prize was won on February 22 and the twentieth drawing since the Powerball was last won on April 1.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. No ticket sold in the state matched five numbers.

The service has helped people win close to $58 million since 2002: in late 2015 an Iraqi client won the jackpot in Oregon.

Prize money can be claimed up to one year after the drawing.

The jackpot is estimated to be worth $375 million and the cash option for the lottery is estimated to be $235.4 million.

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On August 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win.

Winning numbers are drawn from white balls between 1 and 69 and a Powerball numbered from 1 to 26.

A single winning ticket with the cash prize option would be worth $273.1 million.

The Book of Odds by statistician Amram Shapiro pegs dying in a freak vending-machine accident at 1 in 112 million and dying from a shark attack at 1 in 250 million.

It wasn't the only big-winning ticket sold in North Carolina. There were three match five winners who won $1 million. National POWERBALL drawings are broadcast live, in high-definition, from the Florida Lottery's state of the art draw studio in Tallahassee.

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