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Powerball: $400m Lottery Jackpot Up For Grabs
One of the biggest prizes in US lottery history could be awarded later when the numbers are drawn for the $400m (£240m) Powerball.
The top prize increased over the weekend after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday's draw, which offered a $330m (£200m) prize.
But the chances of winning the jackpot are slim - with the odds standing at one in 175 million regardless of how many tickets a typical player buys, according to lottery organisers.
If someone does hit the jackpot, they would be the first Powerball winner of 2014 and the sixth largest ever.
The Christmas Day draw was the most recent to feature a jackpot winner.
To claim the top prize, a player has to have the five correct white numbers as well as the Powerball red number.
In the biggest haul, a single Powerball winner scooped a $590m (£350m) jackpot after buying the lucky ticket in Florida in May 2013.
Gloria MacKenzie 84, of Zephyrhills, chose a lump sum payment of nearly $371m (£221m) rather than the $590m in 30 annual payments.
Average jackpots are about $255m (£152m), according to the Powerball website.
Over the past two years, prizes have nearly doubled in size after ticket prices rose to $2 from $1 and California, the nation's most populous state, joined the game.
Powerball is played in 43 states, as well as Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.
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