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Powerball jumps to $485 million as ticket sales surge

Powerball tickets in the Pennsylvania are currently selling at a rate of 2,300 tickets-per-minute.

By Matt Bradwell
Powerball jumps to $485 million as ticket sales surge
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Strong ticket sales have pushed the value of the top prize in Wednesday's Powerball drawing from $450 million to $485 million, the third largest jackpot in Powerball history. If taken as a lump-sum cash payout, the Jackpot pays $327.7 million before taxes.

After nobody won Saturday's $380 million drawing, the jackpot rose to $450 million dollars, but a weekend of strong sales saw that number grow to almost half-a-billion, with the potential to increase again before Wednesday's drawing as most lottery players buy their tickets the day numbers are pulled.

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According to the Pennsylvania Lottery, Powerball tickets in the Keystone State are currently selling at a rate of 2,300 tickets-per-minute. In Michigan over 1.2 million Powerball tickets have been sold thus far.

While Saturday's drawing had no top winner, $29,571,721 in prizes were awarded to ticket holders around the United States.

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