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.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).