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MILWAUKEE — If you’re feeling the least bit lucky on this Wednesday, August 15th, you might consider plunking down some cash on the Powerball lottery. The jackpot has swelled to $320 million — the fourth largest prize in Powerball history! Winners who take the lump sum cash option could win $213 million.

The Powerball drawing numbers Wednesday night, August 15th were: 6, 27, 46, 51, 56, and PB 21.

The large jackpot tends to change the way people play the game. Holli Commons from Otto’s Wine Cask sees lottery traffic pick up any time the jackpot soars above $200 million.

“We’ll get a lot of office people that come in now — that would be one big thing. Then people that just generally just buy maybe just a couple of tickets might increase it to double what they usually buy just for an extra chance. Just the power of money — having that much money and being able to spend it and buy whatever you want. It’s pretty powerful,” Commons said.

FOX6’s Bret Buganski caught up with John Perkins on Wednesday. He was buying tickets for his entire office.

“Well there’s always about a pool of about 30 to 40 people. The last big one was the half billion. No luck there, but…” Perkins said.

Powerball is a combined large jackpot game which is played in 42 states. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 9:59 p.m., five white balls are drawn from a drum with 59 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 35 red balls. 

The odds of winning the top prize in the Powerball lottery are 1 in 175,223,510. The second prize (won by matching five white balls in any order) is $1 million paid in cash. But you have a 1 in 55 chance of winning of $4.

No one has won the jackpot since June 23rd.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.

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