Powerball Jackpot at Record High

The frenzy will reach its peak just before the next draw this Wednesday at 7:59 p.m. PT

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012  |  Updated 12:03 PM PDT
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Powerball Rolls Over, Jackpot  Now at $425M

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Powerball may not be sold in California, but someone who wants a ticket can drive east to Arizona to buy.

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Powerball Rolls Over, Jackpot Now at $425M

With no one matching all the numbers picked in Saturday night s Powerball drawing, the grand prize for the multi-state lottery game is now the highest in the game s history, at an estimated $425 million. Christian Farr reports for NBC News at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.
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With no one matching all the numbers picked in Saturday night’s Powerball drawing, the grand prize for the multi-state lottery game is now the highest in the game’s history.

An estimated $425 million jackpot jumped to $500 million Tuesday morning making it the largest ever for the Powerball game. A single winner choosing the cash payout would take home $327 million before taxes.

The frenzy will reach its peak just before the next draw this Wednesday at 7:59 p.m. PT.

That gives Californians just two days to find a way to buy a ticket.

The nearest states selling Powerball are Oregon or Arizona. If you're lucky enough to be flying this week, a layover in Dallas, Denver, Chicago or Atlanta will give you the chance to pick up a ticket.

It's only the second time a U.S. lottery jackpot has exceeded $400 million. The first time was in April when the Mega Millions jackpot reached a record $656 Million.

The last time someone won a Powerball jackpot was on Oct. 3, when a player in Delaware won $50 million.

The biggest grand prize ever in the history of the Powerball game was $365 million, won in 2006 by eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant.

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