No winners! Powerball grows to $415 million

— Sorry folks, there were no winning jackpot tickets sold for Wednesday’s Powerball.

The good news is that after 18 consecutive drawings without a winner, the jackpot prize has increased to a staggering $415 million. That’s the ninth largest potential payout in U.S. history.

Wednesday’s winning numbers were 30-47-57-66-69 and the Powerball was 3.

The next Powerball drawing is Saturday, May 7.

This pot has been growing since March 2, after a 67-year-old man in Florida claimed the previous Powerball jackpot of $291.4 million.

Powerball tickets cost $2 each, and to claim the top prize it has to match all six numbers — five white balls and the red Powerball number. But the odds of winning aren’t great.

Individual tickets have only a 1 in 292 million chance of having the jackpot-winning six-digit combination.

Even just guessing the Powerball number, which will get you $4, is hard — the odds are 1 in 38.

— Ahiza Garcia and Jackie Wattles contributed to this report.

Sony to pay $750 million for Michael Jackson’s stake in publishing venture

— The King of Pop’s publishing empire is about to shrink.

Sony has agreed to pay Michael Jackson’s estate $750 million for its share of the joint Sony/ATV publishing venture.

Sony and Jackson formed Sony/ATV in 1995, and the late singer’s estate retained a 50% stake in the company. Sony last year triggered a clause that allowed it to buy out Jackson’s estate.

The deal will give Sony access to copyrighted work from artists including Wyclef Jean and Taylor Swift.

During his lifetime, Jackson was among the first to recognize the value in owning the publishing rights of popular works, leading the singer to purchase rights to most of the music produced by the Beatles.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate, said the singer’s original purchase of the ATV catalog for $41.5 million was “one of the smartest investments in music history.”

“This transaction further allows us to continue our efforts of maximizing the value of Michael’s Estate for the benefit of his children,” Branca and McClain said in a statement. “It also further validates Michael’s foresight and genius in investing in music publishing.”

At the time of his death, Jackson was heavily in debt.

Jackon’s master recordings will remain under the estate’s control and are not included in the deal. Mijac Music, which owns all songs written by Jackson and select works by other artists, will also remain part of the star’s estate.

Ava DuVernay’s Barbie doll sells fast

— It looks like the special Barbie doll based on filmmaker Ava DuVernay is already sold out.

Mattel announced the doll went on sale at 1 p.m. ET on Amazon and on the Barbie Collection’s website, but it wasn’t available on either site as of 4 p.m. Lots of folks on Twitter were talking about their disappointment. Mattel didn’t immediately comment.

Back in April, Mattel released one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls based on six women for Variety magazine’s Power of Women Luncheon, including Duvernay, actress Kristin Chenoweth and fashion magazine editor Eva Chen.

“Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this spring we are proud to honor six ‘Sheroes’ who through their trade and philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to girls,” Evelyn Mazzocco, general manager for Barbie, said at the time.

The DuVernay doll struck a chord with consumers, many of whom complained on Twitter that they couldn’t get one.

When news of the doll first came out on Sunday, Twitter users sang the praises of Mattel and the #AvaBarbie.

“#AvaBarbie is so amazing. Proud @Mattel is letting millions of girls see they can be anything they want,” wrote twitter user @ambreignslee.

“In spite of the fact that I am 40ish, I will be buying an #AvaBarbie. Because… it’s @AVAETC!” wrote Twitter user @educatedbrngirl. “No further explanation needed!”

DuVernay also tweeted that her proceeds from the doll will benefit civil rights advocacy group ColorOfChange.org and human rights nonprofit Witness.

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