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Powerball jackpot reaches record high of $600 million

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The Powerball jackpot has been raised to an estimated record high $600 million for Saturday's drawing, according to the Kentucky Lottery. The Powerball jackpot has been raised to an estimated record high $600 million for Saturday's drawing, according to the Kentucky Lottery.

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Powerball jackpot has been raised to an estimated record high $600 million for Saturday's drawing, according to the Kentucky Lottery.  The cash option amount is an estimated $376.9 million.

"I pick my own and I play a quick pick, that way it gives me a better chance, I believe," said a Powerball player who told us his name is Carl.

Carl was at a downtown convenience store on Friday, one of many people who have purchased lottery tickets during the past couple of weeks as the Powerball jackpot has soared to record highs.

The jackpot began climbing March 24, so Powerball has rolled over for 15 consecutive drawings.

"It has just been crazy," said Joy Alvey, a sales cashier at the downtown convenience store in the PNC Tower at 5th and Main Streets. "Everybody wants in, they've been coming in big numbers for two weeks at least."

The Kentucky Lottery recommends you buy your tickets on Friday to avoid the long lines that are likely on Saturday.

"We expect sales to be good today, we expect them to be phenomenal tomorrow," says Chip Polston, Vice President for Communications for the Kentucky Lottery.

If you have not purchased your tickets by 10 o'clock Saturday evening, even if you are in line, you will be too late. 

"Ten o'clock the terminal shuts down," explained Polston. "It goes into a situation called drawback and at that point all sales cease."

Several years ago during another record jackpot, the Powerball system shut down for a while because of an overload of customers.

Polston says that is not likely to ever happen again.

"We don't use land lines anymore," he said. "We use high-speed satellite data on all of our retailers. We have things in place to handle big runs like this."

The lottery reminds people not to spend any more than they can truly afford this weekend.

To find out more information about the Powerball jackpot go to www.kylottery.com.

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