Powerball jackpot grows to $600 million

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News

Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 5:40 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH--Powerball officials say the jackpot has climbed to an estimated $600 million, making it the largest prize in the game's history and the world's second largest lottery prize.

Lottery officials say the prize is growing quickly Friday because so many people have been purchasing the $2 tickets. The jackpot has grown by an estimated $236 million since the last drawing on Wednesday.

The last jackpot was won on March 30, so it's been growing for about six weeks. The next drawing is Saturday night.

Plenty of people were buying tickets around Hampton Roads Friday hoping to win.

Kenneth Sams of Virginia Beach has never won the lottery but did acquire a large sum of money when a relative passed away and he has some advice for anyone who does win big. 

"You can splurge a little in the beginning, but invest it.  I now have two and a half times what I had thanks to smart investing," said Sams.

The largest jackpot ever was a $656 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2012. The prize was split three ways with winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

The Powerball drawing will be Saturday night.  The odds of winning are about 1 in 175 million.
 

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