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Rush of ticket sales pushes Powerball to $550M

 OK, we're at that time when the jackpot grows exponentially: The jackpot for Powerball has soared more than $200 million since Wednesday night's drawing -- and it's approaching the all-time record.

 Powerball, the game played in 43 states, hasn't hit since March 30. The jackpot grew to about $350 million for Wednesday night's drawing, and as of Thursday afternoon had been put at $550 million. But that's an estimate: The real jackpot total isn't announced until all the ticket sales have been added up, which will be sometime after the 10:59 p.m. drawing Saturday night.

     Powerball’s biggest jackpot ever is $587.7 million, drawn on Nov. 28, 2012, and shared by two players. The largest MegaMillions jackpot ever was $656 million, shared among three players who hit it on March 30, 2012.

 No one hit Wednesday night's drawing, which yielded:  2-34-11-41-26 with a Powerball of 32

  Tickets cost $2, but the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is giving away tickets to the first 1,000 Player’s Club members to visit CenterStage between 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday. Plus, all participants will receive a barrel entry for the 9 p.m. drawing to win an additional 500 Powerball tickets and Free Play.

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