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Cha-Ching! Powerball jackpot up to $500 million

Powerball Jackpot up to $500 million. (Source: WOIO) Powerball Jackpot up to $500 million. (Source: WOIO)
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    Powerball jackpot hits $500 million

    Wednesday, February 11 2015 4:03 AM EST2015-02-11 09:03:13 GMT
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    People will be lining up Wednesday to buy their chance at nearly a half a billion dollar Powerball winnings. (FOX19 NOW/file)People will be lining up Wednesday to buy their chance at nearly a half a billion dollar Powerball winnings. (FOX19 NOW/file)
    People will be lining up at Tri-State convenience stores Wednesday to purchase their chance at the nearly half a billion dollar Powerball winnings.At $485 million, it is the third-largest jackpot in the game's history.More >>
    People will be lining up at Tri-State convenience stores Wednesday to purchase their chance at the nearly half a billion dollar Powerball winnings.At $485 million, it is the third-largest jackpot in the game's history.More >>
  • Winning Powerball ticket sold in Ohio!

    Winning Powerball ticket sold in Ohio!

    Someone in Ohio picked the perfect combination of numbers to win Wednesday's $122 million Powerball jackpot! The winning ticket was sold at True North, 381 State Street in Conneaut.More >>
    Someone in Ohio picked the perfect combination of numbers to win Wednesday's $122 million Powerball jackpot! The winning ticket was sold at True North, 381 State Street in Conneaut. The winner picked their own numbers, which were 9-25-42-55-57 and Powerball 14.More >>
Gas stations, convenience stores and just about any place that sells lottery tickets are expected to be crowded Wednesday. People are lining up everywhere to buy Powerball tickets.

Saturday's Powerball drawing rolled over without a winner, so the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is up to $500 million. The reason for the increase is because more people have come to play, even though the odds are not in your favor. 

You are competing against a lot of other players. There are only six states that don't have Powerball: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Mississippi, and Alabama. There's even Powerball in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The odds of winning? One in 175 million. 

If you choose to take the lump sum, you'll receive $337.8 million.

"Somebody at least, somebody here in Ohio win. It's been a long time since somebody hit the Powerball here in Ohio," said one lottery winner hopeful.

The last Ohio winner was actually fairly recent. In July 2014, a woman bought a nearly $125 million winner at a gas station in Conneaut.

The Powerball drawing time is 11 p.m. Wednesday. The deadline to buy tickets is 9:58 p.m. The minimum cost of a ticket is $2.

If someone wins, the prize would be the third largest in the history of Powerball and fifth largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

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