May 16, 2013 Atlanta: A Georgia Lottery billboard in Southwest Atlanta ticked up to $550 Million on Thursday May 16, 2013 after nobody matched all six numbers for Wednesday's drawing. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM
Photo: Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com
Photo: Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

No big Powerball winner, pushing jackpot for Saturday to $550 million

The Powerball jackpot passed the half-billion dollar mark after no players matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night.

With Wednesday’s rollover, the jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is $550 million, Georgia Lottery officials said.

Two Georgia players matched the first five numbers drawn Wednesday night – 2, 11, 26, 34 and 41 – but not the Powerball, which was 32.

Those players won $1 million each with tickets purchased at a QuikTrip on South Cobb Drive in Marietta and a Publix supermarket on Loganville Highway in Loganville, according to lottery officials.

While the Marietta winner has not yet come forward, Loganville’s Lee Pietrobon was quick to claim his prize.

The 78-year-old used his own combination to select the numbers for his winning ticket.

“I picked the No. 2 because we’re a couple – me and my wife (Pat) – and our birthdays are in there,” the grandfather of four said in the news release. “By golly, we lucked out!”

The top prize in Friday night’s Mega Millions multi-state lottery is $190 million.

Powerball and Mega Millions drawings can be seen live on Channel 2 before the Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

—Angel K. Brooks contributed to this report.

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