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Powerball jackpot soars to record $800M

Lottery officials say the Powerball $800 million jackpot Saturday night is the largest of any lottery game in U.S. history.

The jackpot has grown to such a massive amount after no one matched the numbers drawn in Wednesday night's estimated $500 million jackpot.

The previous record was $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won in March 2012.

If someone wins Saturday and chooses the $428.4 million immediate cash option, that would be $283.8 million after taxes.

Ticket holders have a 1 in 292.2 million chance in winning.

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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