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  1. Drawing nears for Powerball jackpot that's climbed to $700 million


    DES MOINES, Iowa — The estimated jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball lottery game has climbed to $700 million, making it the second-largest in U.S. history. Some details about the game and how the prize has grown so large: ___ • WHEN IS THE DRAWING AND HOW DOES THE GAME WORK? …

    The estimated jackpot for the Powerball lottery drawing on Aug. 23, 2017, has climbed to $700 million, making it the second-largest in U.S. history. [Associated Press]
  2. Powerball reaches $535 million, drawing Saturday


    The jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing has reached an estimated $535 million, the largest in the nation and fifth largest in the history of the game. The cash payout for the main prize is an estimated $340.1 million. …

    The Powerball jackpot reaches an estimated $535 million. [Florida Lottery]
  3. Powerball jackpot climbs to $510 million, 8th largest


    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $510 million, making it one of the largest in U.S. history.  …

    A store clerk pulls a Powerball ticket from the printer for a customer, Tuesday, in Hialeah, Fla. The Powerball jackpot has has rolled 18 times, since the June 14, drawing, resulting in an estimated $510 million for Wednesday night's drawing. [Associated Press]
  4. Powerball rises to $435 million for Saturday


    No ticket matched all of the winning numbers in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, pushing the jackpot up to an estimated $435 million for Saturday.The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing were: 5-21-57-66-69, Powerball: 13, Power Play: 3

  5. Powerball jackpot rises to $375 million, largest in nation


    If you are holding out on buying Powerball tickets, you may want to reconsider. The jackpot is now at $375 million, making it the largest jackpot in the nation. The jackpot was $337 million for Saturday's drawing, but after no one picked the lucky numbers, the jackpot rose $38 million. …

    The jackpot is now at $375 million, making it the largest jackpot in the nation. [Associated Press file photo]
  6. Single winning Powerball ticket sold, worth $447 million


    MENIFEE, Calif. — A sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million and matching all six numbers was sold in Southern California and will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, lottery officials said Sunday.  …

    Chris Raff of Lincoln, Neb., hands a Powerball ticket to a customer in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 10, 2017. The Powerball lottery jackpot has grown to an estimated $435 million, after more than two months without a winner. [ASSOCIATED PRESS]
  7. Feeling lucky? Tonight's Powerball drawing swells to $302 million, highest in nation


    Powerball players in Florida will have a chance to win the largest jackpot in the country on Wednesday night. The drawing, at 10:59 p.m., has swelled to an estimated $302 million. …

    The Powerball jackpot has rolled 16 times since April and grown to an estimated $302 million. The next drawing will take place on Wednesday, May 31, at 10:59 p.m.  [JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times]
  8. Let's try again: Powerball jackpot soars to $337 million ahead of Saturday's drawing


    With no one winning the $302 million Powerball jackpot after Wednesday night's drawing, the game's massive prize has swelled to $337 million. …

    The Powerball jackpot has rolled 17 times since April and grown to an estimated $337 million. The next drawing will take place on Saturday, June 3, at 10:59 p.m.  [JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times]
  9. Mastermind of lottery rigging scam that netted millions faces 25 years


    DES MOINES, Iowa — For a decade, computer programmer Eddie Tipton reliably showed up for work at the central Iowa office of the Multi-State Lottery Association and earned the confidence of his co-workers, a team of technicians entrusted to build computers used to randomly pick numbers for some of the most popular lottery games in the U.S. …

    FILE - In this June 29, 2017, file photo, Eddie Tipton, the former Multi-State Lottery Association information security director who admitted to masterminding a scheme to rig lottery games that paid him and others $2 million from seven fixed jackpots in five states, is seen in court in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 22. (Rodney White/The Des Moines Register via AP, File) IADES501
  10. Powerball jackpot climbs to $415 million


    DES MOINES, Iowa — The winning Powerball numbers are 5-25-26-44-66, the Powerball number is 9 and the grand prize amount was increased to $429.6 million, a lottery spokeswoman said on Saturday. The numbers were drawn Saturday night for a jackpot that is the largest since a record $1.6 billion payout in January. The spokeswoman, Kelly Cripe, said it may be several hours before officials know if one or more winning tickets were sold. Here are some things to keep in mind about the drawing and future jackpots.  …

    In this Jan. 13 photo, a clerk hands over a Powerball ticket for cash at Tower City Lottery Stop in Cleveland. Powerball estimates that its jackpot for May 4 is $348 million. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
  11. Powerball $478 million jackpot is nation's 8th largest


    DES MOINES, Iowa — Powerball players had a shot at the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot Saturday night, but they should have kept in mind that their dreams of riches likely would not become a reality.  …

  12. The real powerball brokers: sports owners


    Guilty. I admit it. I was among the millions who plunged money into the Powerball as the prize engorged Wednesday night to an obscene $1.5 billion. I'm not a lottery player and normally laugh to myself at the silly dreamers in line to place their hopeless sucker bets. Now I was one of them, with nothing but greed to blame. …

    You couldn’t even buy out Stephen Ross.
  13. Carlton: The endless possibilities in not winning the Powerball


    Listen, I wouldn't bother plunking down that $2 for a Powerball ticket tomorrow if I were you. Because to tell you the truth, I'm planning on winning it. …

    Commuters drive past a sign at a Mobil Mart in Methuen, Mass., showing the Powerball jackpot for today’s drawing. [Associated Press] 
  14. Winning Powerball ticket worth $429 million sold in New Jersey


    TRENTON, N.J. — Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and is worth $429.6 million, lottery officials said Sunday.  …

    Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and is worth $429.6 million, lottery officials said Sunday. Only one ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing, said Powerball spokeswoman Kelly Cripe. The winning Powerball numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9.  [Associated Press]
  15. Powerball dropped revamp that gave better odds


    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The group that runs the Powerball lottery game approved, then abandoned, changes that would have given ticket buyers more bang for their two bucks than the redesign recently implemented, the Associated Press has learned.  …

    Steve Poulin sells Powerball tickets at the Sunnybrook Tavern and Liquor Store in Fort Washington, Md. Powerball managers approved and then dropped a revamp of the game.
  16. $1 million Powerball tickets sold in Zephyrhills and Seminole


    Two Powerball players who bought their tickets in Zephyrhills and Seminole are $1 million winners this morning. According to the Florida Lottery, $1 million tickets were purchased at the Publix at 7880 113th St. in Seminole and a Radiant gas station at 6512 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills. …

  17. By the numbers: Florida Powerball stats and fun facts


    The last time Tampa Bay got caught up in Powerball fever was two years ago when Gloria MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Zephyrhills grandmother, won the $590 million jackpot, the largest Powerball sum in history at the time. It took several days for MacKenzie to claim her prize.  …

    A Powerball sign above Interstate 275 in Tampa isn’t equipped to show a jackpot value more than $999 million. On Monday, the estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing was at $1.4 billion. [SKIP O’ROURKE | Times]
  18. Powerball for rookies: how to play, and the benefit of winning in Florida


    The Powerball jackpot has swelled to an estimated $1.3 billion, which means you have a few more days to plot all the ways you could blow your winnings. Granted, the chances you'll actually win big are about 1 in 292.2 million. But hey, who's counting? …

    A machine at the Causeway Mobil in Brandon shows a nonwinning Powerball ticket. The next drawing, for $1.3 billion, is Wednesday.
  19. Things to know about the giant Powerball jackpot


    DES MOINES, Iowa — The odds aren't great, but Powerball players across the country will have a shot Saturday night at a record-breaking $700 million jackpot.  …

    Vilas Patel sells a Powerball ticket to Pravin Bhatt, right, at Leprechaun News in Rutherford, N.J. on Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  20. Powerball's big jackpot crashes Florida Lottery website


    TALLAHASSEE — Dreams of becoming rich overnight crashed the Florida Lottery website late Wednesday and into Thursday morning. With a $500 million jackpot on the line in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the website was overwhelmed, according to department spokeswoman Shelly Gerteisen. …

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