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Powerball jackpot grows to $600 million

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:43 a.m. HST, May 17, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa » Powerball officials say the jackpot has climbed to an estimated $600 million, making it the largest prize in the game's history and the world's second largest lottery prize.

Lottery officials say the prize is growing quickly today because so many people have been purchasing the $2 tickets. The jackpot has grown by an estimated $236 million since the last drawing on Wednesday.

The last jackpot was won on March 30, so it's been growing for about six weeks. The next drawing is Saturday night.

The largest jackpot ever was a $656 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2012. The prize was split three ways with winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million.

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pakeheat wrote:
Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million. So everyone who has bought a ticket have the same odds, but yet someone or several people are going to win it, so who cares what the odds are, LOL.
on May 17,2013 | 07:36AM
serious wrote:
True, but look at all the states that are gaining revenue from that lottery--only two--Utah and Hawaii refuse to bite the bullet. Golly, we could fix our roads, the sewer and water systems, rail and put our homeless in penthouses.
on May 17,2013 | 08:08AM
olos73 wrote:
@serious, maybe the anti-gamers have solutions to fix all that, plus school campuses, social services, food/health inspectors, agriculture inspectors, etc....NOT! These people would rather give the State their hard earned money in taxes instead of letting the people buying the tickets do it for them. I don't understand...
on May 17,2013 | 01:05PM
808ikea wrote:
Yes, too bad we will not have a shot at it, even if it is a long shot.
on May 17,2013 | 08:59AM
Snator wrote:
It's a fact that you can't win if you don't play, which makes many of us here without a lottery option losers already. ;-(
on May 17,2013 | 09:35AM
olos73 wrote:
Can you imagine if Hawaii was part of this and the winner was from here? At least $100 million to the State, plus taxes from smaller winning tickets, and $1 for each ticket sold here. We would be riding on smooth roads, have nice public school campuses, social services helping those in need,... Cannot help. I'm only dreaming. Local money from taxpayers not going be nearly enough. Back to the puka roads, bus' up campuses, etc., etc., etc.
on May 17,2013 | 01:55PM
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