Powerball At Fever Pitch

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot keeps growing, but the number of Indiana residents playing the lottery game is not as high as expected.

Esther Schneider, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery, says high gas prices may be to blame.

She says Powerball ticket sales are about 30 percent below predictable sales, based on the volume generated by other big jackpots.

Scot Imus, executive director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, says that if customers are now spending 50 dollars at the fuel pump they may spend less inside convenience stores.

The jackpot is up to 340 million dollars.