- - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Powerball tried again to find a winner Wednesday night as the jackpot neared $300 million in the twice-weekly game that has not seen a winner in seven weeks since it gripped the nation with a world record $1.6 billion jackpot.

The winning numbers were  62-52-13-12-44, with the red Powerball being 6.

Wednesday’s top prize was $292 million. If taken as a lump sum, as most recent big lottery winners have chosen to do, the jackpot would be worth almost $192 million, with federal taxes quickly taking almost 40 percent of that amount and state taxes a possibility on top of that.

The $2 tickets are sold in 44 states that, along with the District of Columbia and some U.S. territories.

But the bloom has come off the lottery rose some, as the Associated Press reported Wednesday that at least eight states are considering trimming, or have had to trim back, college-scholarship programs that were funded by ticket sales. Lottery revenues are just not keeping up with rising tuition costs.

In a report focusing on New Mexico, which is expected to have to pay out $65 million in its tuition-assistance program under current eligibility rules, the AP reported that annual state revenue from lottery ticket sales in New Mexico has remained steady at about $40 million.

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