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Powerball: 1 rollover away from history?

Powerball is again flirting with history.

Powerball is again flirting with history.

One more rollover might bring the biggest jackpot ever.

Two more and, well, we could find out if the billion-dollar payday is just a wild dream.

Here's the deal. The jackpot is up $350 million, because no one won the whole shebang Saturday night. (Numbers: 6, 13, 19, 23 and 43, with a Powerball of 16.)

It's not unprecedented - it's "only" the seventh biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

See "Biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history."

But only two jackpots worth $325 million or more have ever rolled over, and both obliterated the half-billion-dollar mark.

Last November, Powerball's jackpot was smaller than the current one - $325 million - but rolled over and exploded, soaring to $587.5 million.

And that was without California, which joined Powerball last month.

Credit California with making the current jackpot perhaps the fastest-growing ever. It took only a dozen drawings to cross $300 million. The November jackpot took 14 — an extra week.

The biggest jackpot ever also happened last year, in late March, when no one hit Mega Millions' $356 million top prize, which is just a bit larger than Powerball is now.

When the smoke cleared, the pot was $656 million for the annuity. The three winners split the $471 million cash.

That jackpot took 17 weeks to cross $300 million.

Mega Millions could be the biggest impediment to a new record, because it's offering its own whopper of a jackpot — $154 million — for just $1 a ticket. Powerball tickets cost $2 each.

The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday night: 1, 19, 20, 39 and 49, with a Mega Ball of 28.

The odds are terrible, of course: 1 chance in about 175 million of hitting either jackpot with a single ticket.