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Powerball Jackpot Reaches $300 Million

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 28: A Powerball lottery ticket is printed for a customer at a 7-Eleven store on November 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Jim Bayci, who owns the store, estimates more than half of his customers included at least one Powerball ticket with their purchase today. The jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing is currently at $550 million which is the richest Powerball pot ever. It is likely to rise even more as people continue to buy before tonights drawing. (Photo by Scott O | Getty

DES MOINES, Iowa — This weekend's Powerball jackpot will be worth at least $300 million, so the $2 tickets are likely to sell quickly.

Saturday's jackpot is still well below the record Powerball jackpot of $590.5 million that an 84-year-old Florida widow won in May.

But it's big enough to attract casual players who only buy tickets when they think the payoff is big enough to be life-changing.

The odds of matching all six numbers – five white balls plus the Powerball – are 1 in 175.2 million.

Lottery officials expect plenty of tickets will be sold in the 43 states that offer Powerball. Tickets are also sold in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



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