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Powerball Jackpot Builds to $325 Million for Saturday

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The jackpot for Powerball’s Saturday drawing has climbed to $325 million, the fourth-largest in the game’s history.

A single winner’s cash payout would be nearly $213 million before taxes.

Powerball organizers say this is the first run-up to a large jackpot that’s fallen over a major holiday. They’re unsure whether Thanksgiving and Black Friday will help or hinder sales.

Powerball jackpots have increased more rapidly since the game’s organizers doubled the ticket price to $2 in January.  An Iowa couple won $202 million in a Sept. 26 drawing, and an anonymous winner in Delaware got $50 million prize the next week.

Roxie Breece, assistant manager at a Cenex convenience store in Ogallala, Neb., says far more Powerball tickets than usual have been sold over the past week.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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