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Powerball Jackpot Rises To $208 Million For Tonight’s Drawing

Image #: 22369911    epa03703846 A view of tickets for the Powerball lottery in New York, New York, USA, 16 May 2013. The jackpot for the multistate US Powerball lottery rose to 550 million US dollars. It is the second-largest lottery prize in US history, according to the Iowa-based Powerball, a consortium of state government lottery agencies. The giant pot built up after 16 consecutive drawings without a winner. The chances of winning are one in 175 million.  EPA/JUSTIN LANE /LANDOV

CHRISTIANSTED — The Powerball lottery jackpot has climbed to $208 million for Saturday night’s drawing. That’s because nobody matched the winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.

The winning numbers drawn on Wednesday were: 5, 7, 24, 31, 39, Powerball 7.

Powerball is a combined large jackpot game which is played in 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m., five white balls are drawn from a drum with 59 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 35 red balls.

The odds of winning the top prize in the Powerball lottery are 1 in 175,223,510. The second prize (won by matching five white balls in any order) is $1 million paid in cash. But you have a 1 in 55 chance of winning of $4.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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