Winning numbers for $500M 'Powerball' jackpot

The Powerball jackpot climbed to an estimated $500 million as more people across the country bought a chance at the biggest prize in nearly a year.  The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the "Powerball" game were:   02-11-47-62-63, Powerball: 17, Power Play: 3

The jackpot ranks as the sixth largest offered in North America and the biggest since a $564.1 million Powerball prize shared by players from North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico last February.

A winner of Wednesday's jackpot could claim the pre-tax $500 million prize through an annuity over 29 years or in a single pre-tax payout of $306 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.