RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The historic Powerball jackpot has players thinking about the ultimate Christmas present.
Wednesday's drawing is offering at least $500 million, and officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery say the money has been a boon to ticket sales.
Lottery spokesman Van Denton said Tuesday that sales for the current jackpot have reached $28.1 million since the last winner on Oct. 6. Denton said sales for the three days prior to last Saturday's drawing reached $5.2 million, which is the highest three-day take during the period.
The state sold $17.6 million in tickets on March 30, when the Mega Millions jackpot hit $656 million.
A single Powerball winner choosing the cash option would get more than $327 million before taxes.