Powerball at $600M (So Far)

Odds of winning are 1 in 175M

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 18, 2013 6:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Less than 10 months after three tickets split a world-record lottery prize, the jackpot for tonight's Powerball drawing was nearing historic territory once again. It now stands at $600 million, but a flurry of last-minute ticket-buying could push it beyond the $656 million won in a Mega Millions jackpot last year. Your current odds of striking it rich tonight: 1 in 175.2 million. It's already the biggest Powerball jackpot in history, and a major reason for the sales surge is that California joined the club last month.

A Powerball ticket is dispensed from a machine in Oklahoma City.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Cathy Raymond of Oklahoma City displays the Powerball tickets she purchased Friday.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A sign at a store advertises the Powerball lottery in Oklahoma City.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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