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Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $214 Million

The next drawing is set for Saturday night.

The jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing has climbed to $214 million after Wednesday's drawing failed to produce a winner, lottery officials report.

The multi-jurisdictional lottery is played in 42 states—including Maryland and Virginia—plus Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It was almost a year ago that a Maryland resident last won a Powerball jackpot. On Christmas Eve 2011, a Cecil County couple's winning ticket brought them a $128.8 million dollar prize.

More recently, one of three winning tickets in March's $640 million Mega Millions drawing was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever—$365 million—came in February of 2006. The lone winning ticket was purchased by eight employees of a Congra meatpacking plant in Nebraska, who opted to split the $177 million cash value eight ways.

Saturday's drawing will be broadcast at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV (channel 11) in the Batimore area. Drawings are later rebroadcast on Maryland Public Television.

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