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Powerball Lottery jackpot grows to half a billion dollars

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UNDATED, MI   (WKZO) --  The record Powerball Jackpot has grown over half a billion dollars and it’s not done growing yet. Chuck Strutt, the Executive Director of the multi-state Lottery Association, which runs the game says it may go higher before the drawing.

The numbers will be drawn this evening, and they are expecting a flurry of sales today.  The number of people playing doesn’t change your odds of winning at 1 in 175-million, but it does increase the chance you will have to split the prize.

Let’s be honest.  Most people can dream of what they would do if they won today’s half billion dollar Powerball Jackpot but they really have no idea of what they would really do if they went from average citizen to major corporation in one day.

They might imagine paying all their bills and helping their family, which takes care of their first month’s earnings. What do you do after that?

The experts say the first thing you should do is find a firm that deals with helping people cope with sudden wealth.   Your family accountant or lawyer will give you the same advice if he or she is honest.

But most people can afford to worry about that later for now all you are buying for your $2 is a little hope and a thrill, and for most, that’s all they really expect.

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