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$550 million Powerball jackpot drives ticket frenzy

Customers buy tickets for the Powerball lottery in New York, November 28, 2012. Dreams of vast riches from a record Powerball lottery jackpot of more than half-a-billion dollars prompted a frenzy of ticket-buying across the United States ahead of Wednesday's draw, and continued heavy sales were nudging the payout even higher. REUTERS/Chip East

Customers buy tickets for the Powerball lottery in New York, November 28, 2012. Dreams of vast riches from a record Powerball lottery jackpot of more than half-a-billion dollars prompted a frenzy of ticket-buying across the United States ahead of...more

Customers buy tickets for the Powerball lottery in New York, November 28, 2012. Dreams of vast riches from a record Powerball lottery jackpot of more than half-a-billion dollars prompted a frenzy of ticket-buying across the United States ahead of Wednesday's draw, and continued heavy sales were nudging the payout even higher. REUTERS/Chip East
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A worker pastes an updated Powerball sign up in New York, November 28, 2012. Dreams of vast riches from a record Powerball jackpot of at least half-a-billion dollars drove enthusiastic ticket-buying across the United States ahead of the Wednesday night draw, and continued heavy sales could nudge the payout higher, authorities said. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A worker pastes an updated Powerball sign up in New York, November 28, 2012. Dreams of vast riches from a record Powerball jackpot of at least half-a-billion dollars drove enthusiastic ticket-buying across the United States ahead of the Wednesday...more

A worker pastes an updated Powerball sign up in New York, November 28, 2012. Dreams of vast riches from a record Powerball jackpot of at least half-a-billion dollars drove enthusiastic ticket-buying across the United States ahead of the Wednesday night draw, and continued heavy sales could nudge the payout higher, authorities said. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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People line up to buy Powerball tickets from a newsstand inside Grand Central Station in New York, November 27, 2012. The jackpot for the Powerball lottery soared on Tuesday to a record $500 million and could increase again by the time the winning numbers are drawn on Wednesday, a lottery official said. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

People line up to buy Powerball tickets from a newsstand inside Grand Central Station in New York, November 27, 2012. The jackpot for the Powerball lottery soared on Tuesday to a record $500 million and could increase again by the time the winning...more

People line up to buy Powerball tickets from a newsstand inside Grand Central Station in New York, November 27, 2012. The jackpot for the Powerball lottery soared on Tuesday to a record $500 million and could increase again by the time the winning numbers are drawn on Wednesday, a lottery official said. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Powerball lottery tickets are seen in New York, November 27, 2012. The top prize in Wednesday's Powerball lottery is currently a record $425 million. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Powerball lottery tickets are seen in New York, November 27, 2012. The top prize in Wednesday's Powerball lottery is currently a record $425 million. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Powerball lottery tickets are seen in New York, November 27, 2012. The top prize in Wednesday's Powerball lottery is currently a record $425 million. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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