Powerball jackpot increased again ahead of Wednesday night drawing

The Powerball lottery jackpot continues to climb higher

The winning numbers in the Powerball jackpot drawing are: 2, 18, 37, 39, 42 and 12.

The $550 million amount refers to the annuity payout option, in which the victor receives 30 payments over 29 years.

The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on Friday, and the next Powerball drawing is Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

It would be the 10th largest jackpot in US lottery history if it's captured by a single winning ticket.

Three Powerball tickets sold in SE Louisiana worth tens of thousands
Powerball jackpot climbs to $550M; Mega Millions to $445M

If no one wins, the jackpot only will continue to grow. That's when a family in Louisiana won $191.1 million.

One lucky Florida player matched the first five white balls, worth $1 million, while another player won $2 million with a Powerplay ticket. After taxes, Wanczyk received a check for $336,350,655.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The odds of a single ticket hitting all six numbers in the Powerball are 292 million to 1, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The cash prize would be almost $348 million before taxes.

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