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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 is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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