This week the U.S.-based lottery Powerball saw its top prize soar to $625 million after nobody won the jackpot on Tuesday, making it the seventh largest prize ever offered, with room to grow if nobody wins the next draw.
The prize will see another drawing coming on Saturday, and players will have to match all of the numbers to claim the top prize. The United States seems to get "jackpot fever" when prizes start eclipsing more than $500 million, and lines have been known to form outside of gas stations and party stores where the tickets are sold. The Powerball is offered in 44 states as well as the U.S. Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
The largest jackpot won by a single person occurred last fall when a punter hit the Mega Millions for $1.53 billion, and the largest win in terms of jackpot value is $1.586 billion, which was split by three players across the country. Needless to say, this Powerball prize needs to grow considerably before it gets into that stratosphere.
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