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Tue., Nov. 27, 2012, 11:55 a.m.

Powerball Jackpot Now $500M

U-Stop convenience store cashier Janice Mitzner handles a lottery ticket in Lincoln, Neb., today. The U-Stop store was where the biggest Powerball pot on record -- $365 million -- was bought by Dung Tran in 2006 on behalf of eight Lincoln, Neb., co-workers. Earlier Tuesday Mitzner sold 22 powerball tickets to Tran. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The record Powerball jackpot is now even bigger. Powerball officials say they've boosted the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing to $500 million from the previously posted $425 million. Huge ticket sales nationally are pushing the payout higher. A single winner choosing the cash payout will take home $327 million before taxes. Record jackpots encourage players who usually sit on the sidelines to play and group purchases from work pools increase/KHQ. More here.

Question: Do you play the lottery regularly -- or only when jackpot becomes ha-huge?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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