Powerball jackpot rises to $359 million

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CLEVELAND, OH (WCMH/AP) — The estimated Powerball jackpot has risen to $359 million, its highest level since September.

Anyone matching the five balls and red Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing will be the first jackpot winner since September 17.

The chance of winning Powerball is incredibly small, at 292.2 million-to-1. But players have much better odds, of about 1 in 25, of winning smaller prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million.

The Powerball drawing on Wednesday will give lottery players a shot at a jackpot of $359 million, which would rank as the nation’s 18th largest lottery payout. Here’s a look at the 10 largest U.S. jackpots and the winners’ home states:

  1. $1.6 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
  2. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland)
  3. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia)
  4. $590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013 (one ticket, from Florida)
  5. $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012 (two tickets, from Arizona and Missouri)
  6. $564.1 million, Powerball, Feb. 11, 2015 (three tickets, from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas)
  7. $536 million, Mega Millions, July 8, 2016 (one ticket, from Indiana)
  8. $487 million, Powerball, July 30, 2016 (one ticket, from New Hampshire)
  9. $448.4 million, Powerball, Aug. 7, 2013 (three tickets, one from Minnesota and two from New Jersey)
  10. $429.6 million, Powerball, May 7, 2016 (one ticket, from New Jersey)

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