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Powerball Jackpot Hits $400 Million

The Powerball jackpot will be $400 million for Wednesday's drawing.

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The U.S. Powerball jackpot has risen to $400 million, one of the largest prizes in history, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The next drawing will be Wednesday.

Powerball is played in 43 states including Illinois and in Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands. The biggest Powerball win so far was $590 million won with a ticket bought in Florida in May 2013, the newspaper reported.
J D C February 18, 2014 at 07:12 AM
ONE OF THESE WILL HIT A BILLION. How does the Gov.justify it? I have no problem with the lottery I play the numbers and the jackpot games but with the way things are today and you can INSTANTLY become a half of a billionaire for 2 BUCKS? Make it so MORE people win not lllllllm .
denise February 18, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Don't worry, be happy. People would not spend so much $ if was not a big pot. It might not be you or me; but they will pay a lot of taxes to the fed, and their home state. Hopefully whomever the lucky winners is, they spends a lot. There is aways the chance that person might do some good. Don't think any state Governor has much negative to say about participating in this multi state game when it brings in revenue? Just hope someone from IL wins.
JR February 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM
The only winner in this rigged game is the house. The lotto is nothing more than a tax on the mathematically challenged.
Ty Conderoga February 18, 2014 at 01:03 PM
(20 ILCS 1605/2) (from Ch. 120, par. 1152) Sec. 2. This Act is enacted to implement and establish within the State a lottery to be conducted by the State through the Department. The entire net proceeds of the Lottery are to be used for the support of the State's Common School Fund, except as provided in subsection (o) of Section 9.1 and Sections 21.2, 21.5, 21.6, 21.7, and 21.8. The annual salary of the Director is $142,000.
Ty Conderoga February 18, 2014 at 01:05 PM
notable words: net & except.
JR February 19, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Ty, the even bigger political game was that the lottery was sold to ADD TO school funding. Instead, what they did was to use the proceeds to REPLACE the existing funding. The net effect is the schools got about the same amount of money but the state got a huge windfall of new money (the old source of money that used to go to the schools) that they then used on port barrel spending to buy themselves more years at the public trough.

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