UPDATE (2:05 p.m.)—The jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing was already the largest in the game's history at $425 million but lottery officials announced that the prize pool had increased on Tuesday morning.
Wednesday's drawing will now be for a $500 million jackpot with a $327 million cash option, according to an email from Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Erica Palmisano. The news comes after 15 straight Powerball drawings without a winner.
Lottery officials said there have been two Powerball winners in our state since Maryland started to participate in January 2010.
The last huge Powerball jackpot and previous record-holder—a $365 million prize—was claimed in Nebraska back in 2006.
The next drawing will take place on Wednesday at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV, Channel 11 and will be rebroadcast on MPT. Powerball is a lottery game played in 42 states including Maryland.
The big jackpot comes eight months after the multi-state Mega Millions lottery had a record $656 million jackpot shared by three winners.
Here's where to buy lottery tickets in the Odenton and Severn area:
Weis - 2294 Blue Water Blvd.
Lucky's - 1101 Odenton Rd.
Royal Farms - 1558 Annapolis Rd.
7-Eleven - 1350 Odenton Rd. and 1101 Annapolis Rd.
Exxon - 1318 Annapolis Rd.
Food Lion - 8741 Piney Orchard Pkway.
Food Lion - 2655 Annapolis Rd.
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