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$485 MILLION: Powerball jackpot raised

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Big sales volume prompts early jackpot increase

By Todd Northrop

Due to larger than expected sales volume, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has raised the official Powerball lottery jackpot estimate for Wednesday's drawing to $485 million.

The all-important lump-sum cash value of the jackpot has been raised to $327.7 million — still the 5th-largest cash jackpot ever offered in a United States lottery.

Lottery players seeking to check the winning numbers Wednesday night are urged to use USA Mega (www.usamega.com). State lottery Web sites are normally brought to a standstill during busy periods, while USA Mega normally remains responsive.

Powerball drawing results will be posted immediately after the 10:59 pm drawing at USA Mega. The number of winners and new jackpot will be announced after all participating Powerball states have reported their data, which normally occurs within a couple of hours after the drawing.

Tickets will remain on sale typically until 10:45 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, although players should check with a lottery retailer in their state for the exact sales cutoff time. Players are advised not to wait until the last minute.

The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 175 million. The odds of winning any of the Powerball prizes are approximately 1 in 32.

Powerball tickets cost $2 each.

Lottery players can see an after-tax analysis of the current Powerball jackpot by visiting USA Mega's Jackpot Analysis page.

Powerball features nine different prize levels, ranging from $4 all the way up to the jackpot. Players can win even if they just match one number — the Powerball number.

All states except California also offer the Power Play option for an extra $1 per ticket purchased. The Power Play multiplies any non-jackpot prizes won by a fixed amount, depending on the prize level won.

Players who purchase the Power Play and win second prize will automatically have their prize increased by 2x to $2 million.

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Posted: February 10, 2015, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

$485 Million Woo Hoo  White Bounce Banana Dance

I Love Pink & Green 1908

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    Posted: February 10, 2015, 2:39 pm - IP Logged

    maybe one more roll, just one?.........if I dont win of course

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      Posted: February 10, 2015, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

      When you use your imagination on these monster jackpots:

      No bees, no honey.

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        Posted: February 10, 2015, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

        I get dizzy just looking at all those Benjamins but I will still not be buying an extra ticket however tempted I am.

        No Nod

        That money's gone fo ever

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          Posted: February 10, 2015, 2:48 pm - IP Logged

          When you use your imagination on these monster jackpots:

          I couldn't have put it better myself Green laugh

          Skeptical infact that $20million dollar place in NY is starting to look a bit more like whar I'd be headed

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            Posted: February 10, 2015, 2:48 pm - IP Logged

            Its always good when the cash value is running 67% of a jackpot this size....its all about the cash

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              md
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              Posted: February 10, 2015, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

              I'm banking that at best it has one more roll in this Jackpot. But i also think we will have one more bump before tomorrow night. Jackpot ending somewhere around $510-$515million.

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                ny, ny
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                Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

                If no one wins tomorrow I wonder what the JP will be on Saturday the 14th...

                Pets 125, 669

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                  Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

                  05 11 16 26 50  / 01

                  US Flag

                  PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY-IT IS OKAY TO DREAM!

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                    md
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                    Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:37 pm - IP Logged

                    If no one wins tomorrow, we potentially will have the largest U.S. Jackpot ever.

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                      Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:37 pm - IP Logged

                      SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!Hurray!

                       

                      If I don't have a heart attack first from winningBig Grin

                      Following the trends and patterns means following the money!Banana

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                        Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

                        BananaWhite BounceBananaWhite BounceCool come on large jackpot, and if i don't win let it roll a few more times.

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                          Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

                          $485 million might just be enough to start upping the size of my fast food combos.Would be surprised if it's still under $500 million by draw time.

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                            Posted: February 10, 2015, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

                            Smile 750,000,000.00 on Saturday or more.....it will be crazy out there... can't wait..