The richest Powerball jackpot ever _ and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history _ has been won. The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?
Powerball fever has hit North Texas. The estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing has jumped from $425 million to $500 million — that’s half a billion dollars — making it the second richest lottery jackpot in United States history.
The record Powerball jackpot keeps rising. It now stands at $550 million after officials say brisk sales keep driving up the payout amount. In Texas alone early $7 million worth of Powerball tickets were sold before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
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.
Plan on digging deeper in your wallet to play the multi-state lottery game Powerball. Beginning yesterday, the price of a Powerball ticket doubled from $1 to $2.