Courtesy of Seattlepi.com:
Powerball’s jackpot has hit $310 million, the biggest jackpot ever available in Washington state and the fifth highest jackpot in the game’s history.
A draw game played in 41 states, Powerball debuted in Washington in 2010. In January, lottery officials doubled the price of a ticket to $2, in hopes of drawing more players with bigger jackpots and better odds.
The game now starts with a jackpot of $40 million, instead of $20 million. Its second tier prize is now $1 million, instead of $200,000.
The jackpot has since been on a rapid climb, going from $250 million on Wednesday to $310 million for Saturday’s drawing. Payable over 30 years, the prize also has a cash payout option of $193.4 million.
The largest Powerball jackpot was $365 million, won by eight workers in a Nebraska meat-packing plant in 2006.
The local winner of a recent $1 million Powerball prize was still a mystery Thursday, two weeks after buying the winning ticket in Fife.
“Sometimes, people aren’t ready to cash in,” said a Washington’s Lottery spokesperson. “We’ve had people take a month or two to claim. A lot of time, they wait to meet with a financial advisor.”
That winner had these numbers: 04-19-28-29-47 and a “powerball” of 05.
Saturday is also the drawing for Hit 5, whose current $5.6 million jackpot is the game’s third highest jackpot in the state.