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At $700 million, Wednesday night's Powerball Jackpot has become the second largest lottery jackpot in USA lottery history.

A player will win the $700 million jackpot on Wednesday if their ticket matches all five numbers (in any order) and the red powerball.

Pennsylvania Lottery has sold 17 Powerball jackpot-winning tickets since joining the multi-state game 15 years ago this summer.

The $700 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, where payments are doled out over 29 years. The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

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Chopin says even though no one from the Bayou State has won the jackpot, we've seen some winners of smaller Powerball prizes here.

The system works, as can be seen from this story about a man from Iraq who won a $6.4 million jackpot in OR - all without ever leaving home. You might need to get in line. "I'm not sure. I was just saying, I don't normally play".

Wednesday's jackpot is estimated to top $700 million but that is still a long way from matching the record Powerball jackpot of $1.6 billion.

"I could help a lot of people", Rogers said. He usually doesn't play Powerball because a 2015 rule change to $2 per ticket diluted the odds, but he said he'll buy one for this jackpot.

Many people use birthdays, others use lucky numbers or their own system.

Powerball is in 44 US States plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands so people all over the country will be playing tonight.

Lottery tickets costs $2 to play. That drawing saw more than 274,000 winners across Pennsylvania, including a $1 million victor in Blue Bell, Montgomery County and two, $200,000 Powerball with Power Play winners in Elk and Susquehanna counties.

The ailment affects those who have decided it is not worth buying a MegaMillions or Powerball ticket unless the payout is huge - in the $400 million to $600 million range, officials said. If there's no victor Wednesday, the next prize will continue to climb towards that record.