Powerball jackpot swells to $337 million, see winning numbers

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DENVER — The Powerball jackpot reached $337 million for Wednesday night’s drawing, the third largest in the game’s history, officials said.

The national lottery drawing — which is held in 42 states including Colorado, took place at 8:59 p.m. MT. Here are the winning numbers:

6 — 27 — 46 — 51 — 56 — Powerball: 21

It is also played in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

The prize swelled Saturday after no one hit all six numbers.

The game’s largest prize to date was $365 million, which was awarded in 2006 to a group of eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant.

In 2005, a group of four in Oregon won a $340 million jackpot — considered the second largest.

Earlier this year, Louise White, an 81 year-old Rhode Island resident, came forward as the winner of a $336.4 million prize, the third largest in the game’s history.

I’m very happy and I’m very proud,” she said. “We are truly blessed. Thank you.”

White bought the winning ticket in February in Newport, Rhode Island, after a family member had a craving for rainbow sherbet and brought her to a store where she purchased the ticket.

After realizing she had won, White tucked the winning ticket into her Bible and went to sleep holding the book, bringing it with her to breakfast the next day until she could eventually store it in a safe deposit box, before claiming her winnings.

In case you’re wondering, here are some statistics for perspective. Your chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are about one in 175.2 million. You’re more likely to die from a bee string (one in 6.1 million), be struck by lightning (one in 3 million) or have conjoined twins (one in 200,000).

CNN contributed to this report

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