Powerball numbers selected for $400M jackpot

11:49 PM, Feb 19, 2014   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - Potentially, the first Powerball winner of 2014 might have been selected.

The winning numbers of 1, 17, 35, 49 and 54, with Powerball number of 34 and Power Play number of 3 were selected Wednesday night around 11 p.m. ET.

This prize has been growing bigger and bigger since December. The cash value of the jackpot would be $227.8 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.

The jackpot jumped to $400 million over the weekend after there were no winning tickets sold in Saturday's drawing for $330 million.

If there is no winning ticket from Wednesday's drawing, the next drawing will take place on Saturday.

The biggest ever Powerball prize was $590 million before taxes, won by a woman in Florida in May 2013. The highest lottery jackpot ever was shared by three tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012 for a Mega Millions jackpot totaling $656 million.

All profits from the lottery go to the state that sells the winning ticket, according to the association. Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning are one in 175 million, according to the association.

The Multi-State Lottery Association is a non-profit based in Urbandale, Iowa, owned and operated by member lotteries.

Contributing: William Welch

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