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No Powerball winner, next jackpot estimated at a record $425M

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Lottery officials say nobody has won the Powerball jackpot and the top prize will now increase to about $425 million for the next drawing, the largest jackpot ever for the game.

A lottery spokeswoman says sales were strong over the holiday week for Saturday’s drawing, which was estimated at $325 million before the numbers were picked. That was the fourth-largest jackpot in the game’s history.

The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing could go even higher than the estimated $425 million because sales pick up in the days before record drawings.

 The previous top Powerball prize was $365 million, won in 2006 by ConAgra Foods Workers in Lincoln, Neb.

The Powerball numbers for Saturday were 22-32-37-44-50, and the Powerball was 34. One person in Virginia correctly matched all five numbers during Saturday’s drawing, but did not get the Powerball number.