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      Powerball jackpot reaches $300 million

      DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Lottery officials say Powerball jackpot is expected to be at least $300 million, sending those hoping to strike it rich scrambling for the $2 lottery tickets.

      The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. PDT Saturday.

      The jackpot is still well below the record of $590.5 million that was won in May by an 84-year-old Florida widow.

      But it's big enough to attract casual players who only buy tickets when they think the payoff is big and potentially life-changing.

      The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 175.2 million.

      Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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