Powerball lottery jackpot reaches $400 million

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 7:34 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 - 2:50 pm

The Powerball lottery jackpot climbed up to $400 million this week, and Wednesday marks the next chance to win.

No player had Saturday's winning numbers of 21-24-36-42-45 and Powerball 15, making the jackpot's cash value rise to more than $230 million before taxes.

The odds of matching all six numbers are roughly 1 in 175.2 million, according to Powerball.

A ticket bought in Milpitas matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number, according to the California Lottery. That ticket is worth about $1 million.

A $2 ticket gets you in the game - drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday.

Where are the local hot spots? Lichine's Liquor & Deli on South Land Park Drive in Sacramento has a lucky history with three winning tickets in the past. Meanwhile, AMPM in Granite Bay and Dry Creek U-Save Liquors in Galt have both had two winners each.

But $400 million is still quite far from the lottery record of $590 million. An 84-year-old Florida woman bought that winning ticket in May and took home a lump sum of $270 million after taxes.

Call The Bee's Janelle Bitker, (916) 321-1027. Follow her in Twitter @JanelleBitker.

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