Record Powerball Jackpot

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5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and (POWERBALL) 6

The largest jackpot in Powerball history is up for grabs. Tonight someone could win half a billion dollars and as Whitney Ray tells us, the numbers that will determine the winner will be drawn right here in Florida.

Some select their own lucky numbers, others leave fate up to the computers. But everyone buying a Powerball Ticket has a plan to spend all that cash.

“Buy a house you know, some land you know, spread it amongst my people,” said William Cooks who bought a ticket Wednesday.
“Help my church and help my family,” said Hester Copeland.
The Powerball jackpot is at a record high. More than half a billion dollars is on the line, and one lucky ticketholder may become the country’s next multi-millionaire.

“Hope I’m the only one who wins, oh the money,” said Katrina Wyche.
As news of the record jackpot spread the gamblers lined up to buy their two dollar ticket and face the one in 175 million odds.

And the winning numbers will be selected right here at the Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, behind those closed doors, under tight security.

Inside, the balls took a test spin in the lottery machines just hours before the big drawing. The entire country is focused on Florida to see who will win.

“It was very important for us when we had the opportunity to competitively bid to get Powerball here at the Florida Lottery Headquarters. We wanted to showcase Florida to the nation,” said Florida Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary of the Florida Lottery.

And if no one wins Wednesday night, then Florida will take center stage again. Another drawing would be held Saturday, and the jackpot would be even higher.

Powerball tickets were selling at a pace of more than 86-hundred a minute in Florida today. In the eight weeks it took to build the 500 million dollar jackpot 45 million dollars have been raised for education.

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