Powerball jackpot increases to $610M for Wednesday drawing, Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $253M

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Lottery balls are seen in a box at Kavanagh Liquors on January 13, 2016 in San Lorenzo, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – Once again, the Powerball® jackpot jumps up, now at $610 million.

The jackpot amount increased by $35 million since Monday’s drawing, making it Powerball’s 7th largest prize with strong ticket sales nationally.

The winner tonight can choose to take a one-time cash payment of $434 million or the entire jackpot paid out in 30 installments over 29 years.

The odds of winning the jackpot are about “1 in 293 million,” Powerball® says.

In addition, Tuesday night’s Mega Millions® jackpot is $253 million, with winning odds of about 1 in 303 million.

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