• $700 million jackpot second-largest in Powerball history

    By: Berndt Petersen , Carl Willis

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    The second biggest Powerball drawing in U.S. history has now reached $700 million. 

    The winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing are: 7, 26, 16, 23, 6, and Powerball 4. 

    Stay with WSBTV.com for updates on any winners or if the jackpots rolls over. 

    Powerball officials have added more numbers to the mix, which they said would make it easier for players to win smaller prizes. But more numbers have reduced the odds of winning to 1 in 292 million from 1 in 175 million.

    There has not been a winning Powerball ticket since June 14, when the jackpot was $40 million.


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    Powerball officials told ABC News they expect to sell 170 million tickets between last Saturday and tonight's drawing.

    BREAKING DOWN THE ODDS OF WINNING

    Buying more tickets may seem like the secret to success, but Powerball chairman Charlie McIntyre reiterated that is not the case.

    "Your odds are just as good as anyone else," he said. "I've paid winners who bought one ticket, I've paid winners who bought 100 tickets, so it doesn't matter you just have to have one ticket at least."

    "It's a completely random event," he added.

    McIntyre also said luck can strike anywhere. "I've paid them from stores that sold 10 tickets in a day ... and millions in a year, so it's completely random."

    Experts also suggest that players use the full range of numbers available and not limit their chances by playing a sequence such as a birthday, since months only have 31 numbers and Powerball numbers go up to 69.

    SANDY SPRINGS STORE SAYS IT'S A GOOD LUCK CHARM

    Channel 2's Mike Petchenik stopped by a convenience store in Sandy Springs that claims its a lucky charm for winning the jackpot. 

    The store at the BP on Roswell Road and Hammond Drive has sold a winning Powerball ticket a few years ago. The store's owner said ticket sales have been brisk ahead of the $700 million jackpot. 

    "So far we are in the thousands of tickets," Priti Patel said. 

    Patel said she doesn't get a cut of the prize if someone wins, but she does make money off each ticket sale.

    If there is a winner, he or she could choose an annuity option to receive 30 payments over 29 years or take a cash option, which would be $443.3 million, according to Powerball.

    The biggest Powerball jackpot in history was $1.6 billion in January 2016. Winners in California, Florida and Tennessee split the prize.

    Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Ticket sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw.

    POWERBALL FAST FACTS

    Draw Date: Wednesday

    Estimated Jackpot Amount: $700 million

    Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments

    Cash Option Amount: Approximately $443.3 million

    Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier

    Drawings: 11 p.m. ONLY on Channel 2

    Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24.87

    Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:292 million

    Date Jackpot Began Rolling: June 14

    Number of Rolls: 20

    Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: June 10 ($447.8M – California)

    #1 Powerball Jackpot: Jan. 13, 2016 – $1.586 billion jackpot (Calif.; Fla.; and Tenn.)

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