Powerball jackpot increases ahead of Wednesday drawing

Powerball jackpot increases ahead of Wednesday drawing

Powerball jackpot increases ahead of Wednesday drawing

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Associated Press

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

RICHMOND (AP) -- The Virginia Lottery expects to sell more than a million Powerball tickets to players hoping to win a huge jackpot.

The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing rose to an estimated $320 million as ticket sales across the country boomed Tuesday. 

The Lottery said players were  expected to buy Powerball tickets at a rate of 2,170 a minute at peak times Wednesday.

If someone's ticket matches all six numbers, they could either take the full amount in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash option of $213.3 million, lottery spokesman John Hagerty told WVEC.com.

Virginia Pike of Berryville is the state's biggest Powerball winner since the game began in Virginia in January 2010. She bought two winning $1 million tickets for the April 7 drawing.

AP-WF-08-14-12 1353GMT

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