No Powerball winner Wednesday; next jackpot worth $700 million — and climbing

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DENVER -- There were no Powerball winners in the $524 million drawing Wednesday night. That means Saturday's drawing will be worth at least $700 million -- and climbing.  It will be the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. A Mega Millions jackpot reached $656 million in 2012.

The jackpot could increase higher before the next drawing. It already has climbed $25 million

Millions of Americans rushed out to purchase Powerball tickets as Wednesday night’s jackpot surpassed $500 million, the fourth largest jackpot ever. An estimated 300 million new tickets were purchased between Sunday and Wednesday.

Wednesday's numbers were 2, 11, 47, 62 and 63 with the Powerball of 17.

Winning numbers

Your odds of winning are pretty slim, about 1 in 292 million. But there are a few things you can do to possibly better your odds of winning.

For starters, don’t pick numbers by using your kids’ birthdays. And contrary to everything you’ve heard, this is the one time when you can forget your anniversary.

Instead, don’t pick the numbers at all. The majority of all winning Powerball tickets are quick picks, numbers that are randomly chosen by the computer that prints the ticket.

“About 80 to 90 percent of people win that way,” said Kelly Tabor with the Colorado Lottery.

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But if you must choose, there are numbers that historically are luckier than others: 26, 41, 22, 16 and 42 have been drawn the most in Powerball history.

All numbers 55 and higher should be avoided. They have been drawn the least, although numbers 60-69 were just recently added.

That said, everyone has their superstitions.

“Family birthdays. My mom, my wife,” said one man in Denver.

“I’m stuck on the number 4 usually. I’ve bought four tickets over the last few days,” added another woman.

Crazy superstitions turning  Coloradans delusional.

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