Powerball Jackpot Increasing Lottery Sales

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is currently at an estimated $550 million, but experts says the odds of winning are one in 175 million.

A $550 million Powerball jackpot prize up for grabs in tonight’s drawing has proven a windfall for the state lottery and its retailers.

Hoosier Lottery Spokesperson Al Larsen says the excitement surrounding the Powerball jackpot has quintupled sales from last week to this week.

“We sold approximately $1.2 million worth of Powerball tickets on Monday alone and yesterday on Tuesday sold about $2.8 million worth of Powerball tickets,” Larsen says

Tracy Parks, a cashier at a gas station in Terre Haute, says she is currently selling more Powerball tickets than gas and merchandise.

“Its every fifteen minutes I am getting a customer coming in wanting a Powerball,” Parks says

Larsen says for every Powerball dollar spent in Indiana, 37 cents flows back to the state budget.

Currently, the Powerball prize stands as the largest in the game’s history. If there is no winner tonight, Saturday’s jackpot could break the Mega-Millions jackpot record of more than $650 million, set earlier this year.

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