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Saturday's Powerball jackpot now worth an estimated $800 million

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The biggest lottery jackpot in American history just got even bigger -- and today we're showing you the rush in Louisville to find that winning ticket. 

Saturday's Powerball jackpot is now worth an estimated $800 million. The cash payout is worth an estimated $496 million before taxes. 

It's the hottest ticket in town. A big jackpot, bringing big lines, and big dreams to convenience stores throughout the commonwealth. 

"I want a brand new home, brand new truck car," said one customer.

"We're going to Vegas first -- no spouses!" laughed another.

"I think I would donate to charity best I could," said another.

With no winner in the last 17 attempts, if you're that lucky person come Saturday, the one-time payout is a cool half-billion-dollar check, pre tax. But if once again, no one scores all five numbers and the Powerball, the jackpot could rise to $1 billion.

As the jackpot rises more people come to play -- some for the very first time, playing on the off chance that it might be their lucky day. 

"If you have that Eureka moment come Saturday night and your ticket matches the numbers drawn for Powerball, two things we advise you do immediately," said Chip Polsten, spokesperson for the Kentucky Lottery. "Flip that ticket over and sign it immediately, and the second thing we advise you do is stay quiet about it."

Reality check: the odds of winning are beyond slim to none.  Powerball is played in 47-states. The odds are one in 300 million.

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