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Powerball soars to $550 million

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File) (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The next Powerball drawing will be for over half a billion dollars!

No one bought a ticket matching all the numbers in Wednesday night's drawing: 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and a Powerball of 32.

Strong sales boosted the new pot to $550 million.

"It usually took a handful of months, if not several months, for a jackpot to reach this large amount," said Mary Neubauer, spokeswoman for the Iowa Lottery. "Now it's achieving that within a handful of weeks. I think the redesign is achieving exactly what we had wanted it to achieve, which is the bigger, faster-growing jackpot."

The most recent major jackpot winning ticket went to a New Jersey man in March - he won $338.3 million, the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history.

Draw sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw, so grab your tickets early!

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