That escalated quickly. The Cash 5 jackpot leaped from $647,000 to $815,000 for Wednesday's drawing. That makes it the biggest Cash 5 jackpot up for grabs since Jan. 12 of last year.
As a jackpot grows, so does the excitement about winning it - and that means more of the possible numbers that could win are being played. That, in turn, increases the chances that more than one ticket will match all the winning numbers. So it would not be a surprise to see the jackpot split among multiple winners.
But sometimes luck would have it there is just one perfect ticket. And if that happens in Wednesday's Cash 5 drawing, the prize would rank fifth among the game's all-time biggest jackpots awarded to one winner.
The largest Cash 5 jackpot ever hit by a single ticket is $1.1 million. It was won by Homer Buffaloe, a farmer from Zebulon. The biggest Cash 5 jackpot ever was $1.35 million. It was split by three lucky tickets that matched all five numbers in May 2011.
What do you think will happen in Wednesday's drawing? Will the jackpot be hit, split - or get even bigger?