The estimated jackpot for Wednesday, August 23rd’s Powerball drawing is now $700 million.

Saturday’s estimated jackpot was $535 million, there were no jackpot or million dollar winners.

Wednesday night’s cash option is an estimated $443.3 million. Tickets can be purchased up until 9:50 pm on Wednesday night.

It was in March 2012 that Newport’s own Louise White stepped forward as the winner of a $336.4 million jackpot, at the time it was the third largest Powerball lottery in the history of the game.

Wednesday night’s jackpot is currently the second highest jackpot in Powerball history.

The Rhode Island Lottery reminds players that they should sign the back of their tickets immediately upon purchase and put them in a safe place.  The tickets are the only way claim to a prize.  The Lottery also reminds everyone to play responsibly.

Update: This story has been updated since the jackpot jumped from $650 million to 700 million.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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