On heels of Mega Millions, Powerball now has near-record jackpot

Five $10,000 winning tickets sold in the Baton Rouge area

Five $10,000 winning tickets sold in the Baton Rouge area Mega Millions tickets

What would you do if you won $1.6bn?

No one has won the big Powerball prize, so the estimated jackpot now grows to $750 million - the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in USA history.

That second figure was the potential jackpot the Powerball stood at early Thursday after there was no victor Wednesday night. Ticket sales in MA for that drawing totaled more than $32 million, officials said.

The next drawing will be Saturday.

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A single winning ticket was sold in SC for an unbelievable jackpot of $1.537 billion, which will translate into $878 million cash for the lucky victor.

But the South Carolina Education Lottery has a message for the person or group with the lucky ticket. "We're so happy for the victor, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can't wait to meet the lucky ticket holder".

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

Sales in Massachusetts for Wednesday's Powerball drawing, when the jackpot was about $620 million, totaled about $7.1 million, significantly less than the total sales for Tuesday's near-record Mega Millions drawing, which totaled almost $21 million in Massachusetts, Teja said. One went to Jennifer Santo, a nurse from Dartmouth, and the other has yet to be claimed.

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The victor or winners should take their ticket to the Lottery's Claims Center on Assembly St.in Columbia during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

This is the first time this year the Powerball jackpot has crossed the $700 million mark, officials said. The jackpot for the in-state Megabucks Doubler is at $3.7 million for Wednesday's drawing, officials said.

Each Powerball ticket is $2.

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