Quick Facts: Powerball jackpot is the 8th largest in North American history

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here are some quick facts about the Saturday, August 19 Powerball drawing:

  • The Virginia Lottery expects to sell more than 1.4 million Powerball tickets in Virginia on Saturday alone.
  • At peak times on Saturday (usually late afternoon / early evening), the Virginia Lottery expects Powerball tickets to be selling at a rate of 2,880 per minute in Virginia.
  • The current estimated jackpot of $535 million is the 8th largest jackpot ever in North America – not just Powerball, but all games. It’s the 5th largest Powerball jackpot.
  • The odds of winning any prize in Powerball are about 1 in 25. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 292 million.

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