Powerball got another $50-million-plus bump, pushing the jackpot Wednesday night to more than half a billion dollars.
The winning numbers were 2, 11, 47, 62, 63, with the Powerball 17.
The rise to $524 million was yet another increase since Saturday, when no winning tickets were sold for the multistate, big-prize lottery game.
After Saturday’s drawing, the prize for Wednesday was first announced at $400 million. On Tuesday, thanks to brisk ticket sales, the jackpot took a bump to $450 million, and even more sales over the next 18 or so hours pushed it to $500 million just before noon on Wednesday.
At drawing time Wednesday night, it was announced at $524 million.
Even with the jump — and a lump-sum payment of more than $306 million — Wednesday night’s grand prize didn’t reach the largest in U.S. lottery history.
The record Powerball jackpot is $590.5 million in May 2013, and the richest jackpot in U.S. history is $656 million in a March 2012 Mega Millions drawing.