Powerball jackpot raised to $600 million

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Powerball jackpot for Saturday night's drawing has just been raised to a record high $600 million, with a cash option of $376.9 million.

Powerball numbers were drawn on Wednesday with no winners.

Lottery officials expect jackpots to continue growing faster and bigger, thanks in part to a game redesign in January 2012 that increased the odds of winning some kind of prize of a lesser amount. On Wednesday, $1 million prizes were won in 16 states, and $2 million prizes were won in two states. California, which just began selling Powerball tickets in April, had six tickets among the winning ones Wednesday.

More than half of the all-time jackpot records have been reached in the last three years. The previous top two all-time jackpots - $656 million from a Mega Millions jackpot and $587.5 million from a Powerball jackpot - were achieved in 2012. Some states, like California, now sell tickets for both games.

The last major jackpot win came when a New Jersey man won a $338.3 million jackpot March 23.

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