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Powerball Jackpot Increased to $500 Million Ahead of Wednesday Drawing

Maryland Lottery officials announced the increase Tuesday morning.

The jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing was already the largest in the game's history at $425 million but Tuesday morning, lottery officials announced that the prize pool had increased.

Wednesday's drawing will now be for a $500 million jackpot with a $327 million cash option, according to an email from Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Erica Palmisano. The news comes after 15 straight Powerball drawings without a winner.

There have been two jackpot winners in our state since Maryland started to participate in January 2010: in Dec. 2011 an anonymous Pennsylvania couple bought a $128 million jackpot winner in Elkton and in Sept. 2011, an anonymous couple bought a $108 million winning ticket in Abingdon, according to an email from lottery officials.

The last huge jackpot and previous record-holder—a $365 million prize—was claimed in Nebraska back in 2006.

The next drawing will take place on Wednesday at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV, Channel 11 and will be rebroadcast on MPT. Powerball is a lottery game played in 42 states including Maryland.

What would you do with $425 million? Tell us in the comments.

Philip Einhorn November 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
If I were to win the powerball I would donate 90% to charity. I would set up a foundation to use that money to help those in need.
Shelley Love November 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I would pay myself out of debt, help my family be secure, set up funds for my 2 nephews & niece and I would for sure do something to help the needy...I would open a No Questions asked drop off for dogs and cats and I would take care of ALL of them until they died...I would help some of my best of friends too!!
Dennis Gilpin November 28, 2012 at 02:48 AM
You all are very considerate ..Some people win large sums of money and forget about the less fortunate.In this economy there are many....Helping the animals ...very commendable. Whoever wins it I hope they understand the necessity to help others. Someone will have a very nice Christmas...Everyone hopes it will be them.
Baltimore Matt November 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I would pay to dig a giant pit and fill it with lions where we can throw all of the human trash that is in Baltimore!!! If I were to win, I would watch out if I were a junky, drug dealer, gang member, criminal, bum, second generation city councilman, mayor, multigenerational welfare receiptant, deadbeat, etc. Those will be some well fed lions.

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