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Feeling lucky this St. Patrick's Day weekend? Powerball jackpot hits nearly $500 million

Powerball Jackpot Expected To Reach A Whopping Record-Breaking 1.5 Billion Dollars
Posted at 8:23 AM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 11:23:51-04

(KGTV) — If there's any time to press your luck, perhaps it's this weekend. Plus, it will only cost you a couple of bucks to do so.

Saturday's Powerball jackpot hit $495 million, after several weeks without a jackpot winner. This, despite nearly 1.5 million people playing for Wednesday's draw.

Saturday's winnings would be the eighth largest in the game's history. The cash option will net the winner $300.2 million if they chose that route.

Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets, with retails for $2 a draw.

If no one wins Saturday, the jackpot is set to rise to $550 million.

Of course, winning the Powerball is an uphill battle of luck. Players have a 1 in 292.2 million chance of winning.