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Powerball Jackpot Hits $425 Million

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PHOENIX (AP) — The jackpot for Wednesday night’s multi-state “Powerball” lottery game has reached $425 million.

It’s the third-largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball, which is played in 43 states including Arizona plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens reports

The jackpot translates to nearly $245 million for the winner who chooses a cash option.

The two largest Powerball jackpots have occurred within the past year.

On May 18, the jackpot grew to a record $590 million.

The next highest was reached on Nov. 28, 2012, when a man in Fountain Hills, Ariz., split the $587 million jackpot with another winner from Missouri.

Lottery officials say the chances of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number to win the jackpot is about 1 in 175 million.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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