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Powerball Jackpot Soars

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February 19, 2014 -

It's Lotto fever time again, with the Powerball jackpot at $400,000,000!!! It's the sixth largest jackpot in US lottery history.

In 43 states where the game is played, people lined up today for a chance to be the first big winner this year.

Your chances of winning the jackpot? One in 175 million.

Experts say buying more tickets doesn't significantly boost your chances, but how you pick your numbers could.

Powerballl officials say about 80% of people let the computer do the work... and, about 80% of winners had their numbers picked by computer.

If you win the lump sum cash payment, you'll pocket a sweet $228,000,000.

Previous Powerball winner, David Harrig, says it's unbelievable when you win.

"It's been a whirlwind, it's been scary, somewhat fun. Mostly fun, that's what we're all about, having fun!"

Still, some people say the statistics show the lottery is a losing bet and they're keeping their wallets closed because the house always wins.

But you know the flip-side: you can't win if you can't play!

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