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Powerball jackpot jumps to record $365 million

February 17, 2006

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— The Powerball jackpot has reached a new high of $365 million - making it the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

With no winner Wednesday, the multistate Powerball jackpot jumped for Saturday's drawing. The jackpot is expected to spark a frenzy of ticket sales.

"It's been crazy already," Jasmina Goretic, a clerk at a Dahl's Food Mart in Des Moines, said Thursday.

The Powerball jackpot tops the previous lottery record, which was $363 million for the Big Game - the forerunner of Mega Millions. It was won by two ticket holders in Illinois and Michigan in 2000.

Powerball's previous record of $340 million was won by an Oregon family in October.

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