Powerball jackpot soars to $750 million

Posted at 1:19 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 23:05:36-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months without a winner, lottery players had another shot at a Powerball jackpot that has soared to a massive $750 million.

Wednesday night's numbers were 44, 62, 20, 37, 16 with a Powerball of 12.

Wednesday night's drawing marks the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Although the prize has grown steadily since the last jackpot winner on Dec. 26, the odds of matching the five white balls and single Powerball remain a staggering one in 292.2 million.

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The $750 million estimated figure refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Nearly all grand prize winners opt for the cash prize, which for Wednesday's drawing would be an estimated $465.5 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., the U.S Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.