DES MOINES, Iowa - Powerball officials say the jackpot has climbed to an estimated $600 million, making it the largest prize in the game's history and the world's second largest lottery prize.
Lottery officials say the prize is growing quickly Friday because so many people have been purchasing the $2 tickets. The jackpot has grown by an estimated $236 million since the last drawing on Wednesday.
The last jackpot was won on March 30, so it's been growing for about six weeks. The next drawing is Saturday night.
The largest jackpot ever was a $656 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2012. The prize was split three ways with winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million.
Powerball players will have a shot at the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot this weekend.
The winner of this weekend's $429.6 million Powerball jackpot has yet to come forward.
Only one ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing.
The Powerball jackpot is creeping higher again.
The Powerball lottery game approved, then abandoned, changes that would have given ticket buyers better odds.
A couple from Tennessee went on the Today Show to say they have one of the three winning Powerball jackpot tickets.
The total jackpot set a U.S. record of $1.5 billion. Here are the winning numbers from Wednesday’s jackpot: