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No winner: Powerball lottery jackpot jumps to $400 million

6:31 AM, Aug 4, 2013   |    comments
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The Powerball lottery jackpot jumped to $400 million after nobody won in Saturday night's drawing. The numbers drawn Saturday were 21-24-36-42-45 with Powerball 15.

There were no winners of the big prize, and the jackpot for the next drawing is now estimated at $400 million, Powerball officials said. That would be worth more than $230 million before taxes if taken as a lump sum, Powerball said.

Tickets worth $2 million each were sold in Florida and Texas for Saturday's drawing, and $1 million tickets were sold in five states.

The pot had reached $300 million, bringing out lots of ticket buyers aiming to strike it rich.

"We've got the winning ticket, right here," one man buying a ticket at a San Diego-area store told NBCSanDiego.com before the drawing. "It's going to help a lot of people."

Or not. 

While $400 million is a lot, it's not close to a lottery record. The largest prize ever was $656 million won in the Mega Millions contest on March 30, 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million, won in Florida in May by an 84-year-old widow.

By Gil Aegerter, Staff Writer, NBC News

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