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Powerball jackpot grows to $550 million

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Powerball officials say the jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing is now $550 million.

It's been nearly two months since someone has won the Powerball. The current payout would be the second highest jackpot in lottery history, falling behind to the $656 million MegaMillions prize back in March.

As various states join in, they benefit from the jackpot's sales. With more people playing, it means higher revenue for the state and its programs.

You pay $2 for a Powerball ticket. $1 goes to the prizes and the other is kept by the state.

42 states, as well as Washington D.C. and even the Virgin Islands are all taking part in both the Powerball and the Mega Millions.

 Still, one national correspondent put it best by saying you have a better chance of becoming an astronaut, being struck by lightning multiple times, or even being elected president. Even so, it's not stopping people from giving it a go.

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