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Powerball jackpot builds to $325 million for Saturday

2:14 PM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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The jackpot for Powerball's Saturday drawing has climbed to $325 million, the fourth-largest in the game's history.

A single winner's cash payout would be nearly $213 million before taxes.

Powerball organizers say this is the first run-up to a large jackpot that's fallen over a major holiday. They're unsure whether Thanksgiving and Black Friday will help or hinder sales.

Powerball jackpots have increased more rapidly since the game's organizers doubled the ticket price to $2 in January.  An Iowa couple won $202 million in a Sept. 26 drawing, and an anonymous winner in Delaware got $50 million prize the next week.

Roxie Breece, assistant manager at a Cenex convenience store in Ogallala, Neb., says far more Powerball tickets than usual have been sold over the past week.

The Powerball drawing will air live on WBIR, Channel 10 at 10:59 p.m. Saturday.

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