North Carolina-- Once again someone has an opportunity to become a millionaire if they have all the right numbers.
That's because the jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball is estimated at $425 million, the third largest in the game's history.
According to Powerball officials issued the new estimate is based on strong ticket sales for the drawing.
The winner's choice: if the winner takes as an annuity, the jackpot would be an estimated $425 million and if winner takes a lump sum it would be $244.7 million.
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Ticket sales in North Carolina:
The Saturday, Aug. 3 jackpot was at $300 million and produced 49,404 winning tickets in the state. Prizes ranged from $4 to $40,000 and totaled $405,846.
North Carolina Powerball Facts
- Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. EST. On the nights that drawings are held, Powerball ticket sales stop in North Carolina at 9:59 p.m.
- Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- From the beginning of the Powerball jackpot's roll on June 26 through Tuesday, Aug. 6, North Carolina Powerball sales have totaled more than $19.4 million. During those 12 drawings, more than $3 million was paid out in prizes, including a $1 million prize, seven $10,000 prizes and three $40,000 prizes. An estimated $7.3 million from those sales will go to education in North Carolina.
- The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175 million.
There have been three powerball winners from North Carolina: Jackie Alston of Halifax who won $74.5 million in November 2006; Jeff Wilson of Kings Mountain who won $88.1 million in June 2009; and Frank Griffin of Asheville who won $141.4 million in February 2010.
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