$317 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs

If you're looking to win big, you may want to head out and get a lottery ticket. The big Powerball jackpot is up for grabs on Wednesday night.

The jackpot is at an estimated $317 million.

It's not a record, but it's been nearly a year since the big prize has surpassed $300 million.

The $317 million jackpot would be the 11th largest Powerball jackpot ever.

It would be 22nd largest lottery prize in US history if you include Mega Millions, the other national lottery game.

The last big Powerball jackpot was $425 million, which was drawn last February.

Jackpots have grown pretty big since 2012 when lottery officials tinkered with the games and raised Powerball ticket prices to $2. The change made the odds of winning even lower.

Since then, more than half of the top 10 jackpots have been won, including the record $590.5 million jackpot back in May 2013.

You may remember one of two tickets that split at $587.5 million prize was sold in Arizona back in November of 2012.

So why has it taken a while for jackpots to grow?

In addition to not going as long without a winner, experts say that because of all the big prizes that we were seeing for a while, ticket sales tend to drop until people start seeing the massive jackpots.

So if you feel like trying your luck, Powerball tickets are $2.
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