No winner in Powerball drawing, jackpot soars to $440 million

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The ticket matched the first five numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing, but missed the Powerball.

New Jersey's $1 million victor on Saturday night was able to match all five winning numbers - 28, 36, 41, 51 and 58 - but did not have the Powerball, which came up 24. The lump sum payment before taxes would be more than $242 million.

A Powerball tickets cost $2 each for a single play.

The odds of winning the Powerball lottery game got worse when changes were made in 2015, but the jackpots got larger.

No one won the Powerball drawing on Saturday, making the new grand prize drawing $440 million.

The estimated jackpot is $390.1 million.

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It could be a mega-powerful New Year's Eve weekend with the drawing of a Powerball jackpot exceeding $300 million.

There is a 1 in 259 million chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot.

The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was $656 million for the March 30, 2012, drawing. This year, five Iowa Lottery players have claimed prizes of at least $1 million.

Gamblers also can buy a $1 Powerplay that can increase the amount of their prize. The next drawing will take place on Wednesday.

While there was no Powerball jackpot victor Saturday night, there was a $1 million ticket sold by the New Jersey Lottery.

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