Powerball fever grows as jackpot hits an estimated $1.2 billion, second-highest ever

The Powerball jackpot reached an estimated $1.2 billion ahead of the Wednesday drawing.  The jackpot rolled after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Halloween night. 

If someone wins the Wednesday jackpot — a cash value of $596.7 million — it will be the second-largest jackpot in Powerball history and Powerball’s largest prize in more than six years.

The Powerball jackpot was last hit on Aug. 3 in Pennsylvania and there have been 38 consecutive drawings without a grand prize winner since then.