Record Powerball Jackpot Grows to $579.9 Million - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Record Powerball Jackpot Grows to $579.9 Million

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Thought $500 million was a big jackpot, lottery officials have now raised the jackpot earnings by another $50 million.

The Multi State Lottery Association, estimates that ticket sales just today will average $6.3 million an hour. Noting that 60% of all lottery ticket sales happen on the day of the drawing.

PowerBall officials estimate that lottery fanatics could buy as much as a billion dollars in tickets before tonight's 9:59 PM drawing.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani, even weighed in on the Powerball madness. "The award right now is a proportion that I don't think most people can really get their arms around so I think I'd go away and hide for a little bit and just really try to think about how I could have an impact that most people would never be able to have on the people around them."

Tonight's odds of winning the jackpot are still 1 in 175 million, meaning you've got a much better shot at getting struck by lighting, just 1 in 5,000.

You have until an hour before the drawing to buy your Powerball ticket and if the rollover continues, the next drawing will be Saturday night.


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