<p>The Powerball jackpot surged to $500 million Wednesday, the sixth largest in U.S. history.</p><p>This is the biggest jackpot <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gigantic-powerball-jackpot-3-tickets-were-winners/" target="_blank">since February's $564 million</a> that winners in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico claimed.</p><p>For Wednesday's Powerball, winners could choose to get their winnings paid out over the next 29 years, or take a cut and get $300 million in cash immediately.</p><p>People have until 10:59 p.m. Eastern time to play. If you do wind up buying a ticket, it's probably best to not get sentimental and pick numbers based on birthdays or anniversaries. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/pick-powerball-numbers/story?id=36113250" target="_blank">ABC says</a> 70 percent of winners used computer generated numbers. (Video via <a href="http://abc13.com/finance/powerball-jackpot-winning-ticket-sold-in-texas/512728/" target="_blank">KTRK</a>)</p><p>Don't get too hopeful, either. The odds of winning are about one <a href="http://www.powerball.com/powerball/pb_prizes.asp" target="_blank">to 292 million</a>.</p><p><i>This video includes images from Getty Images.</i></p>
Posted at 10:01 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated2016-01-07 11:54:55-05
Did you score one of the largest jackpots in Powerball history on Wednesday night?