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Rain may be the biggest thing on most people’s minds Wednesday, but plenty of people will likely brave the wet weather so they can purchase a Powerball ticket, with the jackpot reaching $500 million.

According to the California Lottery, a California resident matching all six numbers on a Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s drawing could take home a lump- sum payment of $306 million. The retailer selling a winning ticket would receive a bonus of $1 million.

The jackpot is the largest since Feb. 11, 2015, when the jackpot reached $564.1 million. That prize was shared by three winning players in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Nobody has won the Powerball since Nov. 4, and the jackpot has been growing steadily ever since.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is 1 in 175,223,510, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 31.85.

The Powerball game is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

The largest Powerball jackpot of all time was in May 2013, when a single player in Florida won the jackpot of $590.5 million.

—Staff and wire reports

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