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Record Powerball jackpot: lottery by the numbers

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- It’s official, the country’s biggest jackpot keeps getting bigger.

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing has jumped $100 million and now stands at $1.5 billion.

Nationwide, $440 million tickets have been purchased for Wednesday’s Powerball.

At last check, Michigan lottery players have brought more than $4.4 million tickets for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. And considering there’s still time to buy tickets for tomorrow’s jackpot the Michigan Lottery is expecting purchases to top the $15 million dollar range.

It’s the biggest Powerball jackpot ever and it’s turning even the non-believers into believers.

“Just think about it put down 2 dollars and you could win one-point 5 billion dollars. That’s an offer that has never been made before no one has ever had a chance at before,” said Jeff Holyfield from the Michigan Lottery.

But what’s so enticing about the Powerball jackpot?

“That’s what is got people excited that’s what captured their imagination is what would I do with one-point-five billion dollars,” said Holyfield.

The dice-rolling game is especially beneficial for local retailers.

“They got a lot more people in their stores. Our research shows a typical lottery player when they go into a store buy three to four dollars in other merchandise in addition to the lottery tickets,” said Holyfield.

But what’s the plan if no one wins Wednesday’s mega-billion jackpot?

“If this rolls over and we have another drawing Saturday we are likely looking at a 2 billion dollar jackpot,” said Holyfield.

And if that happens, you may be in the minority if you don’t roll the dice on the big game.

“If we’re looking at a two-billion dollar jackpot for the weekend it would be easier to count the people who don’t have a Powerball versus the people who do,” said Holyfield.

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