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Feelin' lucky? It could be worth $320M

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Wednesday's Powerball jackpot has grown to $320 million, making it the fourth largest jackpot in game history.

The jackpot was originally $305 million, still the fourth largest jackpot in the game history, but was adjusted to the amount of $320 million for the drawing Wednesday night.

If you're feeling lucky, head to a lottery counter. The person holding the winning ticket can elect a cash option of $203 million. 

Lottery officials say South Carolina sales are growing with the possibility of such a large payoff.

"When Powerball posts a jackpot of this magnitude, it gets attention. Those that don't play very often decide to take a chance," said the Lottery's Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea. 

It's true, the odds of winning the jackpot are not great, about 1 in 176 million.

This is the second $300 million plus Powerball jackpot seen this year. In February, the jackpot climbed to $336 million before being hit in Rhode Island.

"We hope a South Carolinian will be the one to stop this jackpot run," said Bethea. "A $305 million jackpot is exciting for our players and this state, but the real winner is education."

If a resident of the Palmetto State were to win, it may just be a great way to celebrate the anniversary of the last winner. The last Powerball jackpot winner in South Carolina was three years ago this month. Solomon Jackson Jr. of Columbia won $259 million.

South Carolinians wanting to take a chance on Wednesday night's drawing must purchase tickets by 9:59 p.m. for the 10:59 p.m. drawing, with each ticket costing $2.

If you're feeling super lucky, players can purchase PowerPlay for an extra $1 to see their non-jackpot winnings increased by set prize amounts. Match 5 white balls with PowerPlay to win an automatic $2 million.

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