Powerball jackpot builds to $325M for Saturday - WNEM TV 5

Powerball jackpot builds to $325M 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 choosing a cash payout would get nearly $213 million before paying state and federal taxes.

Powerball jackpots have been growing faster 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 then an anonymous winner in Delaware got $50 million prize the next week. The current jackpot has been building since then. Powerball organizers say this is the first run-up to a large jackpot that's fallen over a major holiday. They're unsure whether it will help or hinder sales.

Powerball, which began in 1992, is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.

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