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One grand-prize winning ticket sold for $338 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials say

The drawing for the Powerball jackpot, now at 320 million takes place Saturday. The jackpot is the sixth highest ever. People in 42 states and Washington, D.C., were scrambling for tickets, even with odds at about 175 million to one. NBC's Lester Holt reports.

A winning ticket for Saturday night's $338 million Powerball jackpot was sold in New Jersey, lottery officials said early Sunday.

The winning numbers in the drawing were: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53, 31. The drawing took place Saturday.

Before the drawing, the jackpot had been estimated at $320 million, but late ticket sales pushed that to $338 million -- the fourth-largest Powerball prize ever. The lump-sum option is $211 million.

The Multi-State Lottery Association said a grand prize-winning ticket was sold in New Jersey. 

People in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands scrambled for Powerball tickets until the last minute, even with odds at about 175 million to one.


No ticket had matched the six numbers in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, and no one had won the jackpot since early February.

Bob King in Boston told NBC affiliate WHDH his daughter is getting married next month and winning the lottery could help.

“I don’t hold out hope of winning, but you can’t win unless you play, right?” King told WHDH.

“Well there's a lot of states in it, so it's a one in a million shot, but everybody has a chance,” Frank Weber of Chicopee, Mass., told NBC affiliate WWLP.

Roanna Fightei from Hardin, Mont., said she would use the winnings to help others.

"Something positive to help -- I would most definitely use more than I needed to help others," she told NBC affiliate KULR. "It's just better to love one another, and to help everybody out there. I believe it comes back at you."