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Powerball Bounces Past $425 Million

Aug 7 2013 1:04PM

Tonight's Powerball jackpot -- currently at $425 million -- continues to grow as more and more people enter the lottery.

If taken as a lump sum, the jackpot has a cash value of more than $244 million before taxes. Tickets are $2 each and the odds of winning are 1 in 175.2 million.

In Sacramento, folks are pouring into local hot spots for a chance to win. Lichine's Liquor & Deli on South Land Park Drive in Sacramento has had three winning lottery tickets in the past. The AM/PM on Auburn Folsom Road in Granite Bay and Dry Creek U-Save Liquors in Galt have each had two winners.

Pilar Delacruz, working at the Granite Bay AM/PM this morning, said the store has been extra busy since Monday, with customers often spending more than $10 in one visit.

If no one wins after tonight's drawing, the money rolls over to Saturday and the prize will get even larger.

The Powerball record jackpot is $590 million, which went to an 84-year-old Florida woman in May. That still pales in comparison to the world's largest -- a Mega Millions jackpot that hit at $656 million in March 2012.

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