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Powerball jackpot hits $700 million

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The Powerball jackpot keeps climbing.

Lottery officials say the grand prize for Wednesday night's drawing has reached $700 million -- the second-largest on record for any U.S. lottery game.

That's a cash payout of $443.3 million.

The prize pool has been growing since June 10, the last time somebody won. 

The chance of picking all six winning Powerball numbers is about one in 292 million. The game has become even more difficult to win since an October 2015 rule change.

The jackpot still has to grow quite a bit to become the biggest in American history. A $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot was claimed by three winning tickets after the drawing on January 13, 2016.

Michigan players have already purchased 6.5 million tickets for Wednesday's drawing. On average, that's about 290,000 tickets per hour.

Evan Kinder is one of those players. He bought his first Powerball ticket on Wednesday and is betting on some special numbers for someone he loves.

"My grandfather passed away a couple years ago and he always played. I'm just playing his numbers that he did," Kinder said.

Kinder is just one of many people in Mid-Michigan with Powerball fever.

Dave Ineznajko said if he wins he is going fishing.

"And nobody's going to find me," Ineznajko said.

Others are going to split the jackpot if they win. Rob Paris is in a lottery pool with 55 coworkers.

"The best thing you know would be to see all these people, like 55 of us, win together. Help all those families out. That's what I would love to see," Paris siad.

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