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Winning Powerball Numbers for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016: $55 Million

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, is estimated at $55 million. Is your winning ticket under the tree?

    Deb Belt , Patch Staff

The rebuilding continues for the Powerball jackpot, which was claimed a week ago by a group of Tennessee workers. Saturday’s drawing is worth an estimated $55 million.

The multi-state Powerball jackpot had gone untouched for more than two months, climbing to $421 million, one of the highest jackpot prizes since the $1.6 billion drawing in January.

The cash payout would be $32.7 million. Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time.

The winning Powerball numbers for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, are: 8, 10, 26, 27, 33 and a Powerball of 22.

Each ticket costs $2. Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here.

The Powerball game is played by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball number. The odds of picking the correct Powerball grand prize numbers are one in 292,201,338.

Tonight’s jackpot is tiny when compared with January’s record Powerball jackpot, which was worth nearly $1.6 billion. But Americans will still drop by the nearest convenience store with dreams of cash. The billion-dollar-plus prize won in the Jan. 13 drawing was the largest lotto jackpot awarded in U.S. history and was split by three winners. And earlier this summer, a New Hampshire player won a $478 million prize.

If you still want to take a chance — someone has to win, right? — you have a better chance of hitting the jackpot if you let the computer pick your numbers. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game, says about 75 percent of winning tickets are selected when the numbers are chosen by a computer.

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Winning Powerball Numbers for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016: $55 Million – Annapolis, MD – The Powerball jackpot for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, is estimated at $55 million. Is your winning ticket under the tree?