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Powerball jackpot reaches $300M

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -  This weekend's Powerball jackpot will be worth at least $300 million, with a cash option of $172 million, so the $2 tickets are likely to sell quickly.

Saturday's jackpot is still well below the record Powerball jackpot of $590.5 million that an 84-year-old Florida widow won in May.

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

“I would move to Paris and spend it in Paris,” says one person. “Probably a house for my fiancé, a new renovated apartment. I’d pay off all my student loans.”

“Honestly,” says another, “when I think of $300 million, I just think of a huge yacht.”

The odds of matching all six numbers - five white balls plus the Powerball - are 1 in 175.2 million.

Lottery officials expect plenty of tickets will be sold in the 43 states that offer Powerball. Tickets are also sold in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The drawing will be held Saturday at 11:22 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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