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Powerball jackpot reaches $1 billion for second time in its history

The other jackpot, worth $1.5 billion, was won by people in three states in 2016.
/ Source: NBC News

Someone could get a Halloween treat of a lifetime Monday when Powerball draws for a jackpot worth $1 billion.

The jackpot broke $1 billion after no one won Saturday, game officials said.

It’s the second time a jackpot has passed the $1 billion mark. Winners in California, Florida and Tennessee won the other one — a $1.5 billion jackpot — in 2016.

Monday’s top prize is so large because no one has matched all five numbers and a Powerball since Aug. 3, almost three months ago.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. They are far longer odds than the chance of being struck by lightning in the U.S. in any given year, which are around 1 in 1 million.

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