But since about 80 percent of the possible combinations have been purchased, lottery officials say it’s likely the winning ticket could be selected.
The Powerball jackpot climbed up to a whopping $600 million Friday, and it had many people forking over big bills.
The jackpot soared to more than half a billion dollars after none of the tickets sold matched all the winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.
The next drawing will be held Saturday, with a cash value of $302.4 million, lottery officials said.
Authorities had said Pedro Quezada owed about $29,000 in back support. During the court hearing, officials said Quezada had paid about $30,000 to settle the debt.
The unpaid child support payments go back to 2009. It’s not known which of Pedro Quezada’s five children, who range in age from 5 to 23 years old, are covered under the payments.
Pedro Quezada appeared at New Jersey Lottery headquarters Tuesday afternoon.
Late Monday afternoon 44-year-old Pedro Quezada walked into the Eagles Liquor in Passaic, N.J., and checked to see if he had the sole winning ticket for Saturday’s $338.3 million Powerball drawing.
The New Jersey Lottery said Sunday that details about the winning ticket would be released Monday, declining to reveal where it had been purchased and whether anyone had immediately come forward. It was the sixth largest jackpot in history.
Neil Watson with the Nebraska Lottery says the current estimated jackpot of $320 million seems to be holding strong. The lump-sum cash option is $198.3 million.
Huge tickets sales nationwide boosted the top prize from $425 million to $500 million for Wednesday’s drawing.
The Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing has soared to $325 million, and some Superstorm Sandy victims in Staten Island are hoping to turn their luck around.
The countdown is on for a shot to win the biggest jackpot in lottery history.
The next Mega Millions drawing is on Tuesday and would be the fifth biggest jackpot in U.S. history.
The jackpot is the eighth largest since the Mega Millions drawing began in 2005.
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