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Powerball Jackpot Hits $320 Million

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The nationwide rush to buy tickets for tonight’s Powerball® drawing has driven the jackpot from $305 million to $320 million, the fourth largest in the history of the game, according to a New Mexico Lottery news release.

Players have until 8 p.m. tonight (local time) to buy a ticket for the drawing, which will take place at 8:59 p.m. MDT.

To play, players choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from 1 to 35, and a player also can ask for a “quick pick,” a set of numbers chosen by the lottery’s gaming system, the release said. Each wager costs $2.

In addition to the jackpot, there are eight prize levels ranging between $4 and $1 million.

For an extra dollar, the game’s Power Play® option can multiply non-jackpot prizes and double the $1 million to $2 million automatically, according to the release.

Nationally, the game’s record jackpot is $360 million, won by co-workers at ConAgra Foods in Nebraska in February 2006, while New Mexico’s record is $206.9 million, won by a pool of nine players in the Roswell area in September 2008.

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