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Powerball plan pays off with giant jackpots

The jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing now stands at $425 million --the richest Powerball pot ever. Rotterdam resident, Jim Johnson buys the $10 special, on Powerball tickets from Arshad Ali, proprietor of Qik Pik Convenient Food Store on Guilderland Ave. on Tuesday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing now stands at $425 million --the richest Powerball pot ever. Rotterdam resident, Jim Johnson buys the $10 special, on Powerball tickets from Arshad Ali, proprietor of Qik Pik Convenient Food Store on Guilderland Ave. on Tuesday afternoon.
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The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that run the game. Their plan appears to be working. Powerball tickets doubled in price in January to $2, and while the number of tickets sold initially dropped, sales revenue has increased by about 35 percent over 2011. Sales ...

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