The jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing is an estimated $700 million. (Credit: Georgia Lottery)

At $700M, Powerball jackpot now second-largest ever

Powerball jackpots of triple-figure millions are nothing new. But the top prize for Wednesday’s drawing is getting closer to the biggest ever.

After rolling over 20 times since June 14, the jackpot is at an estimated $700 million, according to Georgia Lottery officials.

Only one other Powerball jackpot was larger: the $1.5 billion payoff for the Jan. 13, 2016, drawing.

You can watch the Powerball drawing just before 11 p.m. Wednesday on Channel 2 Action News.


And who knows, the current jackpot might get larger. It already has grown from about $650 million after no one won Saturday’s drawing.

To be clear, the odds of winning the jackpot are staggering — 1 in 292 million, according to lottery officials. And you must compete with players in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2 per play.

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Still, people get lucky sometimes, even if they don’t win the big prize.

An investigator with the Polk County Public Defender Office won $50,000 in the Aug. 12 Powerball drawing, lottery officials announced. Pamelia Holland, 57, of Cedartown, said it was her first time playing Powerball.

She said she was in shock after she found out she had won.

“I wasn’t sure if it was correct,” she said. “I just went and sat in the car and called my kids.”

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