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Powerball jackpot soars to $500M

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Feeling lucky?  You better get a Powerball ticket.  Georgia Lottery officials said Wednesday that the jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing has hit a staggering $500 million-- the largest jackpot in the history of the game. 

The jackpot has been growing since October 6, and it has rolled over 15 times.  It's the second-largest jackpot in Georgia Lottery history, second only to the world record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot back in March. 

Wednesday night's jackpot offers two payment options.  One winner could opt to receive their $500 million winnings over the course of 29 years in a total of 30 payments--- or they could take the cash option and walk away with approximately $327 million up front.  Either way, it sounds like a pretty good deal. 

The drawing happens Wednesday night, so they're still time to get your tickets.  They'll cost you $2.00 each. 

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