$790 Million in Lottery Money Up for Grabs

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, May 17, 2013  |  Updated 1:57 PM CDT
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Powerball Madness Heats Up

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Mega Millions drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:00 p.m. CT.

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Big Night for Powerball

It's a big night for the multi-state Powerball lottery as the jackpot ballooned to an estimated $360 million before Wednesday night's drawing.

Powerball Madness Heats Up

Powerball jackpot has once again ballooned in time for its Wednesday drawing, an estimated $360 million jackpot considered the third largest Powerball jackpot and the seventh largest jackpot in history.
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It's safe to assume there will be longer lines at convenience stores this week with $790 million on the line in various lotteries.

Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot is up to an estimated $190 million ($140.9 million cash option) while Saturday's Powerball jackpot is estimated to be $600 million ($376.9 million cash option).

The Powerball jackpot continues to grow, climbing from $360 million before Wednesday night's drawing to $600 million Friday morning. The increase makes the advertised jackpot the largest in history

The previous largest Powerball jackpot was an advertised $550 million for the drawing held on Nov. 28, 2012.

Mega Millions made history last year when the jackpot reached an all-time high of $640 million on March 30, 2012.

Texas has never had a Powerball jackpot winner, so some may believe we are due for a winner in the Lone Star State.  Additionally, Texas has only had eight Mega Millions jackpot winners.

The current Texas Lottery jackpot is at $5.25 million ($3.62 million cash option), which is still nothing to sneeze at.

To see the latest estimated jackpots, visit TXLottery.org.

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