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Powerball jackpot grows to record $1.3 billion

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 01:03

With no Powerball winners in Saturday's record $950 million drawing, lottery officials say the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing could reach an estimated $1.3 billion. Linda So reports.

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The Powerball frenzy just keeps getting bigger and better. No one won Saturday night's record $950 million drawing. Which means the next jackpot will reach a far more staggering record. Lottery officials say it could grow to a whopping $1.3 billion. And that has a lot of people seeing green. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED LOTTERY PLAYER, SAYING: "It's just exciting to be part of something where everybody wants the same thing." That shared excitement has people braving long lines to buy their tickets. SOUNDBITE: CAROL CANNING, LOTTERY PLAYER, SAYING: "I hear I have a better chance of being hit by lightning but if you don't play... Someone's got to win it." The jackpot has climbed steadily for weeks after repeated drawings produced no big winners. The possibility of striking it rich in a billion dollar jackpot has people forking over their cash for a chance to live out their dreams. SOUNDBITE: JOE RICCI, LOTTERY PLAYER, SAYING: "I would keep my circle really tight probably change my name and move to some island somewhere become one of the indigenous people." The next Powerball drawing is on Wednesday.

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Powerball jackpot grows to record $1.3 billion

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 01:03