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Nobody wins Powerball; jackpot to increase to $425 million

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 1:45 AM
Last updated 1:48 AM
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DES MOINES, Iowa — Lottery officials say nobody has won the Powerball jackpot and the top prize will now increase to about $425 million for the next drawing, the largest jackpot ever for the game.

Douglas Leverett, of Augusta, smiles as he purchases scratch-off lottery tickets from owner Michael Everhart at the Lucky Spot on Gordon Highway.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Douglas Leverett, of Augusta, smiles as he purchases scratch-off lottery tickets from owner Michael Everhart at the Lucky Spot on Gordon Highway.

Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said sales were strong over the holiday week for Saturday’s drawing, which was estimated at $325 million before the numbers were picked. That was the fourth-largest jackpot in the game’s history.

Neubauer says the jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing could go even higher than the estimated $425 million because sales pick up in the days before record drawings.

The previous top Powerball prize was $365 million, won in 2006 by a ConAgra Foods Workers in Lincoln, Neb.

The Powerball numbers for Saturday were 22-32-37-44-50, and the Powerball was 34.

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wayne2410 11/25/12 - 07:42 am
If a liberal happens to win

If a liberal happens to win the jackpot I hope they remember they did not build that and give it all away like their messiah expects. If not they are a hypocrite.

specsta 11/25/12 - 09:04 pm
Helping The Poor

Hmmm...425 million annuity, 278.3 million cash value - that's a lot of money.

I think if I won, I would build a huge multi-story homeless shelter with a food bank and medical clinic downtown. It would be a temporary home for anyone in need who had no drug or psychological problems. It would be for families and singles who needed a resting place for a few months to get back on their feet.

Sometimes people just need to get over a financial hump. My shelter would let them be able to breathe without stress so that a plan could be implemented for their future.

That is one of the main things I would do with such a large amount of money.

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