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Powerball Jackpot Balloons To $675 Million

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Powerball jackpot has skyrocketed to a record $675 million, after no one bought a winning ticket for Wednesday night’s drawing.

If taken as a lump sum payment, a winner would get $413.1 million.

Already the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, the pot could grow even larger by the time of the next drawing on Saturday night.

The previous largest Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million, won by Gloria MacKenzie of Florida. The previous largest overall lottery jackpot was a $656 million Mega Millions game split by three winners in March 2012, including Merle and Patricia Butler, of Red Bud, Illinois, who took home a $218.67 million share, the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history.

Already the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, the pot could grow even larger by the time of the next drawing on Saturday night. ]]>