Powerball jackpot surges to $700 million

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 16:50:57-05

The jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing has surged to $700 million.

The estimated prize for this weekend's drawing is the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.    No one matched the numbers drawn for Wednesday night's estimated $500 million jackpot.

The previous record was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012.

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

The Associated Press Contributed to this report