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UPDATE: Powerball Jackpot at Record $550 Million

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/28/12 @ 9:34 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – $550 million.

"I got just a good a shot as anybody else," said hopeful winner Chris Green.

Odds of hitting the jackpot: 1 in 175,000,000.

"I'm going to be a winner," said Mary Houchins, who is hoping to hit it big.

But Houchins isn’t alone in thinking she can beat the odds; lines at convenience stores across the nation stretch to the doors.

"I think your odds are a lot better if you just keep playing the same numbers over and over and over," said Powerball player John Simeral.

"Somebody is going to win -- might as well be me," Green said.

On Wednesday, 130,000 Powerball tickets were being sold per minute nationwide and 7.8 million tickets were sold every hour.

And while most people would like some financial independence, some would also like to bless others with their blessings.

"I just hope somebody wins it that really, really needs the money, you know. I know that if I won it I'd give a lot away to charity, church -- but my family would benefit," Simeral said.

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UPDATE 11/28/12 @ 1 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The already record-breaking Powerball jackpot just got larger.

The new estimated jackpot is $550 million. If the cash option is taken, a two-dollar ticket could win you $360.2 million.

This makes tonight’s jackpot the second largest in world history.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever won was a $365 million jackpot that was shared by eight Nebraska co-workers in February of 2006. Scott Depot’s Jack Whittaker still holds the record for the largest Powerball jackpot ever won by an individual. He won $314.9 million on December 25, 2002.

The largest jackpot in world history was the $656 Mega Millions jackpot available in March of this year.

The drawing is scheduled to take place Wednesday night. You have until 9:59 p.m. to purchase a Powerball ticket.

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UPDATE 11/27/12 @ 1 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The record-breaking Powerball jackpot has been raised again.

According to Chip Polston with the Kentucky Lottery, a two-dollar Powerball ticket could win you half of a billion dollars.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever won was a $365 million jackpot that was shared by eight Nebraska co-workers in February of 2006. Scott Depot’s Jack Whittaker still holds the record for the largest Powerball jackpot ever won by an individual. He won $314.9 million on December 25, 2002.

The cash option on the jackpot is an estimated $327 million.

The drawing will be held this Wednesday.

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ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Wednesday’s estimated Powerball jackpot of $425 million is the largest in the game’s history, according to information from the West Virginia Lottery.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever won was a $365 million jackpot that was shared by eight Nebraska co-workers in February of 2006. Scott Depot’s Jack Whittaker still holds the record for the largest Powerball jackpot ever won by an individual. He won $314.9 million on December 25, 2002.

West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave says that ticket sales for the popular multi-state lottery game are strong and have been increasing with the jackpot amount.

“We are excited to have another record jackpot driving interest in the game,” Musgrave said. “We had statewide sales of $1.12 million for last Saturday’s drawing and we expect strong sales for Wednesday.”

Musgrave says West Virginia, despite a smaller population than most states, has had its fair share of Powerball jackpot winners.

“West Virginia has historically been a lucky state with eight total Powerball jackpot winners,” Musgrave said. “We are hopeful that another lucky West Virginia player has the winning ticket for Wednesday night’s drawing.”

The largest American lottery jackpot of all-time was the recent $656 million Mega Millions jackpot from March of this year that was shared by three winners.


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