Winning Powerball numbers announced as jackpot, largest ever, reaches $949 million

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DENVER -- The Powerball jackpot -- and the hype -- only continues to grow.

The Powerball broke records by hitting $700 million on Thursday after Wednesday night’s drawing was the 18th without a winner. The previous jackpot record was held by a 2012 MegaMillions game worth $656 million.

The jackpot reached $949,800,00 at the time of the PowerBall drawing Saturday night.

The winning numbers, drawn live, were 32, 16, 19, 57, 34 with a PowerBall of 13 and a PowerPlay of 3X.

The winning numbers for the $949,800,000 jackpot for the Powerball - Jan. 9, 2016

The winning numbers for the $949,800,000 jackpot for the Powerball - Jan. 9, 2016

The current jackpot first climbed to $675 million Wednesday night and reached $700 million before noon on Thursday.

This jackpot first broke into the top 10 largest jackpots in U.S. history over the weekend, when it hit $400 million, and ticket sales have continued to soar,

But even with a flood of new tickets in the contest, nobody has beaten the 1 in 292 million odds of matching all six winning numbers.

The current jackpot has been growing since Nov. 7, 2015.

To play, consumers choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. To win the jackpot, a ticket must match all six numbers.

Tickets are $2 and players can also opt to spend an extra $1 for the Power Play, which gives them a chance to multiply lower-tier prizes.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games create, enhance, and protect parks, wildlife areas, trails and open space in Colorado.

Powerball is sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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