By AnneClaire Stapleton
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Wednesday’s Powerball drawing could be one for the history books, with the jackpot rising to a record $550 million.
The prize for last Saturday’s Powerball was $325 million — the fourth-largest in the game’s history. For the 15th consecutive time, no players matched the winning numbers, which were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34.
The top prize now increases to an estimated $550 million, the largest in the history of the multi-state lottery game. The figure has risen in recent days as more people than expected bought tickets, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
In 2006, the game handed out its largest prize to date — $365 million — to eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant.