There was a drawing last night in the multi-state lottery game Powerball. There was no single ticket sold that matched all of the numbers and the Powerball to claim to the top jackpot. That jackpot will continue to grow.

By Saturday it is estimated the Powerball Jackpot will be $550 million. If you combine that total with Friday's anticipated jackpot for the Mega Millions game of $440 million you are looking at almost $1,000,000,000 in potential payouts.

In Wednesday's Powerball drawing, there were three tickets sold in the New Orleans area that earned prizes of $50,000 or more. So if you bought a Powerball ticket in the Greater New Orleans area over the past few days make sure you double check your tickets. 

By the way, the odds of you hitting the Powerball are about one in 292 million. For the Mega Millions they're slightly better, one in 259 million. The odds of hitting them both? You don't even want to go there. 

The next Mega Millions drawing will be Friday at 9:59 PM Louisiana time and the next Powerball drawing will be Saturday at 9:59. By rule ticket sales must cease at least one hour before the actual drawing so if you plan to play please plan accordingly and play responsibly.

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