Powerball Jackpot Lottery Climbs to $500 Million

Illinois lottery ticket sales are expected to sell even faster in advance of Wednesday's $500 million Powerball Jackpot Lottery drawing.

The Illinois Lottery's Powerball jackpot is set to reach $500 million, and the tickets are selling at a "blistering" pace, according to the Chicago Tribune

About $200,000 in lottery tickets were sold in just one 30-minute period Tuesday, according to the Trib, and sales are expected to peak as the Powerball drawing draws closer. 

It's the largest jackpot in Powerball history. The winners would take home $327.4 million in a lump sum. 

No one has won the Powerball drawing in two months, and the jackpot continued to rise after strong sales, according to the Trib

Powerball is a national lottery including 42 states. 

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