Powerball not hit Saturday, rises to $400 million

Powerball not hit Saturday, rises to $400 million

Powerball not hit Saturday, rises to $400 million

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by ABC News/WHAS11

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Posted on February 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 16 at 11:08 AM

(ABC News/WHAS11) --  Without a winner since last year, the Powerball jackpot has risen to a whopping $400 million, after noone was able to match all the numbers and the Powerball on Saturday night.

This is the fifth largest jackpot in Powerball history. The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $154 million.

"We get as excited as anybody else. It's all so random," said Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery told The Associated Press. "We don't know when it is going to run. Sometimes we'll get a short dry spell. But it looks like it's coming back in."

Powerball is played in 43 states in addition to Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million.

While the chances of winning are slim, plenty of players rely on certain superstitions and "strategies" to supposedly increase their odds of winning. Some players use important birthdays, but 80 percent of ticket buyers allow the computer's Quick Pick do draw numbers for them.

In fact, most Powerball winners have won after having their prize numbers picked by a computer.

Last year Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Fla., won $590 million, one of the largest Powerball jackpots in history, last year after another lotto buyer allowed the senior citizen go in front of her.

"We bought the winning ticket as a single ticket, even though we bought four other tickets before the drawing. While in line at Publix another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket," Mackenzie said in a statement.

Some states have had more winners than others, leading to players crossing state lines in search of a "lucky" pick, but experts say that won't help.

According to lottery officials and mathematicians, every Powerball ticket has the same chance of winning.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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