700 mil­lion rea­sons to get a Power­ball ticket

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USA TO­DAY

The Power­ball jack­pot climbs higher and higher, soar­ing to an es­ti­mated $700 mil­lion for Wed­nes­day night’s draw­ing.

The one-time cash op­tion is also set at $443 mil­lion by the multi-state lot­tery game that is played in 44 states.

The fi­nal Power­ball jack­pot and cash op­tion will be set just be­fore the late Wed­nes­day evening draw­ing based on ticket sales.

The Power­ball jack­pot has not been hit since early June. A $700 mil­lion jack­pot would make it the sec­ond-largest lot­tery prize ever handed out in Amer­ica, topped only by a $1.6 bil­lion Power­ball prize shared by three ticket hold­ers in Jan­uary 2016.

A Mega Mil­lions jack­pot was hit in Illi­nois ear­lier this month at $393 mil­lion.

Power­ball tick­ets are $2 per play, with draw­ings on Wed­nes­day and Satur­day evenings. And don’t ex­pect a mir­a­cle. The odds of hit­ting the Power­ball jack­pot are one in 292.2 mil­lion.

If a win­ner takes the $700 mil­lion, the sum will be paid out in an­nual an­nu­ities over 29 years.

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