18,000 Powerball Tickets Sell Every Minute in Pennsylvania

The largest lottery jackpot in world history is up for grabs and that is bringing thousands of Pennsylvanians to their local Wawa, gas station, newsstand and/or pharmacy in hopes of hitting the Powerball.

About 18,000 Powerball tickets (at $2 a pop) were being sold per minute in the Keystone State with Wawa kiosks a popular place to line up ahead of Wednesday’s night’s $1.5-billion drawing

The busiest times to buy tickets are expected to be on lunch breaks and after 5 p.m., said lottery officials.

In New Jersey or Delaware? No problem, those states also participate in Powerball.

The prize has climbed steadily, easily surpassing all other lotteries. The jackpot estimate is reviewed daily, so it could increase before Wednesday night's drawing if ticket sales continue to exceed expectations.[[365110381, C]]

The jackpot for the twice-weekly game started at $40 million on Nov. 4. No one has matched all six Powerball numbers since then, so the prize kept growing.

Lottery officials expect at least 80 percent of the 292.2 million number combinations will be purchased before the drawing.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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