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With no winner since Christmas, US Powerball lottery hits $504m

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:08 AM
A man walks by a sign advertising Virginia's $400 million Powerball lottery in Arlington, Virginia, on Feb 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Powerball ticket buyers lined up at corner groceries and gas stations on Wednesday with visions of hitting the $400 million jackpot in the United States (US) lottery that hasn't had a top prize winner since Christmas.

The drawing scheduled for 10.59pm EST on Wednesday (11.59am, Thursday, Singapore time) is a chance to win the sixth-largest prize in US lottery history and the fourth-largest for Powerball, according to a spokesperson for the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the game.

The top prize amount has been swelling since the last jackpot on Christmas Day, and it has rolled over 15 times and increased in value after each drawing since then, said Carolyn Hapeman, Powerball spokeswoman in New York.

Most recently, there was no winner in Saturday's US$330 million (S$416 million) prize, which grew to a US$400 million jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing.

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