Powerball jackpot grows to $280 million

Winning Numbers for Wednesday, May 16: 17, 22, 21, 19, 51 Powerball: 19

There was no jackpot winner in Wednesday night's drawing.  Saturday night's drawing will be for an estimated $306 Million jackpot.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ---- The jackpot for the POWERBALL drawing has grown to an estimated $280 million, Wednesday. 

POWERBALL jackpots start out at $40 million and continue to grow until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the 5 white ball numbers and the red POWERBALL. The odds of winning a prize in the game are one-in-24.87. 

In addition to the jackpot, players have eight other ways to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million or up to $2 million if the ticket includes Power Play. 

Since joining POWERBALL in 2009, the game has generated $1.82 billion in contributions to education statewide. Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, with more than 82.6 million winning tickets totaling more than $2.3 billion in prizes, including 12 jackpot winners. 

Florida was also one of the three states nationally to have a winner share in the world record-setting $1.586 billion POWERBALL jackpot in January 2016. 

The POWERBALL jackpot has rolled 16 times since the March 21 drawing, generating more than $19.5 million in contributions to the state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).  

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