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Didn’t win Mega Millions? Winning numbers announced for $602.5M Powerball jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa — Never has the sixth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history seemed so small.

Wednesday night’s $602.5 million Powerball jackpot looks sort of puny given all the attention lavished on the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot won in South Carolina on Tuesday.

Only five lottery jackpots have been larger, but with two giant prizes in one week, it’s hard not to compare.

Wednesday’s winning numbers for the Powerball jackpot are: 56, 53, 45, 21 and 3 with Power Ball of 22 and a multiplier of 2.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 292.2 million. Despite the tough odds, they’re actually a little better than the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot.

No one has won the Powerball jackpot since Aug. 11, when a man from Staten Island, New York, won $245.6 million.

Powerball’s current estimated prize refers to the annuity option paid over 29 years. Most winners take the cash option, which would be $354.3 million.

Editor’s note: Powerball previously estimated the jackpot would be $620 million, but before the drawing it was announced the actual jackpot would be $602.5 million. This story has been updated to reflect that change. 

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