Lottery fever swept the region Friday as the Powerball jackpot grew to a record $800 million, with the potential to grow to $1 billion by the time numbers are picked Saturday night.

According to California Lottery officials, the winner of an $800 million jackpot could take home a lump-sum payment of $496 million. The retailer selling a single winning ticket would receive a $1 million bonus.

The previous largest Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million, which was claimed by a single winner in Florida in May 2013. Two lucky Powerball players split a $587.5 million jackpot in November 2012.

The last California jackpot winner was in February 2014, claiming $425.3 million, according to the lottery.

For Wednesday’s drawing, several tickets were sold with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, including one in California. The ticket sold at Perry’s Liquor in Union City is worth $1,414,967, the California Lottery announced.

The numbers drawn Wednesday night were 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and the Powerball number was 17. The estimated jackpot was $500 million.

The drawing was the 18th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is 1 in about 293 million, according to the Powerball website. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.87.

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

— City News Service

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