Powerball jackpot climbs to estimated $700M

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Powerball Jackpot Hits Record $700 Million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A lottery official says the estimated prize for this weekend's Powerball drawing has grown to about $700 million, making it the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.

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Texas Lottery Executive Director Gary Grief says Saturday's drawing is growing quickly with brisk sales and could grow even larger by the weekend. The jackpot was increased Thursday from the previous estimate of $675 million after no one matched all the numbers in Wednesday night's $500 million drawing.

Wednesday's numbers were 2, 11, 47, 62 and 63, and the Powerball was 17.

The previous U.S. record was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won in March 2012.

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

PHOTOS: The biggest lottery jackpot winners in U.S. history

Biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history
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Powerball jackpot climbs to estimated $700M

$390 million (Mega Millions)


March 6, 2007
Winning tickets sold in Georgia and New Jersey

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

$399.4 million (Powerball)


Sept. 18, 2013
Winning ticket sold in South Carolina

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

$414 million (Mega Millions)

Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier

March 18, 2014
Winning tickets sold in Maryland and Florida

(Photo via Mega Millions)

$425.4 million (Powerball)

B. Raymond Buxton

Feb. 19, 2014
Winning ticket sold in California

(Photo via Powerball)

$448.4 million (Powerball)

Paul White, "Ocean's 16" group & Mario Scarnici

Aug. 7, 2013
Winning tickets sold in New Jersey (2) and Minnesota.

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

$564.1 million (Powerball)

Marie Holmes, TL Management Trust & Anonymous

Feb. 11, 2015
Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico

(AP Photo/North Carolina Education Lottery)

$587.5 million (Powerball) 

Cindy and Mark Hill

Nov. 28, 2012
Winning tickets sold in Missouri and Arizona

(Photo via Powerball)

$590.5 million (Powerball)

Gloria C. Mackenzie

May 18, 2013
Winning ticket sold in Florida

(AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

$648 million (Mega Millions)

Ira Curry & Steve Tran

Dec. 17, 2013
Winning tickets sold in Georgia and California

(AP Photo/David Tulis)

$656 million (Mega Millions)

Merle and Patricia Butler & "The Three Amigos"

March 30, 2012
Winning tickets sold in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)


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