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No winner of Saturday Powerball jackpot, lifting top prize to $450 million

Staff and Wire Report
February 08. 2015 6:50PM

Granite Staters were out Sunday purchasing Powerball tickets as the game’s latest jackpot climbed to $450 million, one of the richest ever offered by the multi-state lottery.

While no players qualified for the jackpot by picking all of the numbers from Saturday’s drawing, ticketholders won about $30 million in lesser prizes, according to the Powerball website.

Manchester residents braved Sunday’s snowstorm to purchase a chance at scoring millions.

“I know the odds are against it, but why not dream, right?” said Debbie Martin, as she picked up two Powerball "quick-pick" tickets at Nickles Market on Candia Road Sunday night.

“I have better odds of the kids being out of school a few more days this week than hitting this, but I wanted to grab a few other things, so I said, ‘Why not grab a couple.’”

“I hope it’s my ticket out of this snow,” said Tami Richards, in line behind Martin at Nickles. “I wouldn’t leave Manchester, just disappear until the snow disappears. I wouldn’t mind finding a beach right now, and shovel some sand.”

Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow until at least one player comes up with the winning number at a twice-weekly draw. The next drawing will take place on Wednesday evening.

The jackpot winners receive payments over 29 years or a smaller cash lump sum. The cash option for the jackpot rose to $304.1 million after Saturday’s drawing.

The biggest Powerball jackpot awarded by the Multi-State Lottery Association was $590.5 million and went to the holder of a single winning ticket in 2013. The association also operates the Mega Millions jackpot, which awarded a top prize of $656 million three years ago.

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

Powerball sales reached nearly $5 billion last year for game tickets that are sold through more than 210,000 lottery terminals. Each ticket costs $2. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175 million.

Reuters and Union Leader Staff Writer Paul Feely contributed to this report.

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