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Corridor Looks to Cash-in on Record Powerball Jackpot

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/Fox28) -- Time is running out to get your hands on some Powerball tickets. The jackpot is now at an estimated $600 million dollars and growing - making it the largest in prize in the game's history.

Lottery officials say the prize is growing quickly Friday because so many people have been purchasing the $2 tickets. Since the last drawing on Wednesday, the prize has grown an estimated $236 million. "It happens to be on a Friday, too. So it doesn't hurt to be on payday, you know," said Art Weaver of Cedar Rapids.

Weaver started his weekend by picking up some lottery tickets. "I’m buying my share here for my family, and then I’ve bought for everyone at work theirs, and we're in a little group there," said Weaver.

The group bundle technique worked for the “Shipping Twenty", a local group of Quaker Oats workers who claimed a $241 million Powerball jackpot last year. That ticket was purchased in Cedar Rapids, so folks are hoping the luck is still here.

"I might take one nice trip, but the rest of it would all go back to helping people," said Pam Kester of Cedar Rapids. Kester says she'd give back to the local community by donating to animal shelters and homeless shelters. But others of Friday said that much money could pay for a nice, long break from work.

"I wouldn't keep working, and I’d for sure have a few cars,” said Weaver. Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million.

(AP contributed to this report)
 
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