Powerball jackpot likely to top $360 million

No jackpot winner in Wednesday night's $317 million Powerball drawing

Lottery officials say no jackpot winner was selected in the latest $317 million Powerball drawing.

Sue Dooley is the senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, which oversees Powerball. She says there will be another drawing Saturday after no one matched Wednesday's winning numbers.

The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing were 24-36-51-52-56, with a Powerball of 22 and Power Play of 2

Each drawing without a winner rolls the jackpot over and makes it more lucrative. The Powerball website shows the current estimated haul for the next drawing is $360 million.

Until Wednesday's drawing, there had been something of a big-time prize drought, with nearly a year passing since a jackpot above $300 million.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million.

The record U.S. lottery prize of $656 million was a Mega Millions jackpot awarded in March 2012. That prize was split among winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. The largest Powerball jackpot ever was $591 million, won May 18, 2013.

Powerball tickets cost $2 and can be purchased up to an hour before the drawing, which is 9:59 p.m. CST every Wednesday and Saturday.

Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times contributed

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