The winning Powerball number is shown after being drawn at the Florida Lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Philip Sears
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Lottery officials said there was no winner of Saturday's record $900 million jackpot in the multi-state Powerball lottery.The next drawing, expected to establish another record payout of a reported $1.3 billion, was slated for Wednesday.The grand prize for Powerball, played in 44 states, Washington, and two U.S. territories, has climbed steadily for weeks after repeated drawings produced no big winners. The grand prize in Saturday's drawing was worth $558 million for a winner choosing an immediate cash payout instead of annual payments over 29 years, according to lottery officials in California, one of the participating states. In the drawing Wednesday night, the jackpot stood at $500 million and with no winner drawn, the stage was set for the latest drawing just before 11 p.m. Eastern time Saturday.
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