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Powerball jackpot grows to $600 million

Amount is world's second largest lottery prize

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    Powerball tickets, right, along with other lotto tickets are seen Thursday, May 16, 2013, at a convenience store in Orlando, Fla. The prize estimated around $475 million is the third largest in lottery history, and the winning numbers will be drawn on Saturday.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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    A man looks at the electronic ad for Powerball Jackpot of $475 million at the Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne, Calif. Thursday, May 16, 2013. The multistate lottery's website said the Powerball drawing jackpot has soared to of at least $550 million for next drawing to be held Saturday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    Ronald Marin rubs his lottery tickets on the wings of a "bluebird" statue for good luck at the Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne, Calif. Thursday, May 16, 2013. The multi-state lottery's website said the Powerball drawing jackpot has soared to at least $550 million for next drawing to be held Saturday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    Customers purchase Powerball tickets seeking a payout of around $475 million at a convenience store, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. The prize is the third largest in lottery history, and the winning numbers will be drawn on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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    People line up to buy lottery tickets at the Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne, Calif. Thursday, May 16, 2013. The multi-state lottery's website said the Powerball drawing jackpot has soared to at least $550 million for next drawing to be held Saturday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    FILE - In this May 15, 2013, file photo Dean Davis displays the Powerball ticket she bought in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. No one matched the winning numbers in Wednesday's $360 million jackpot which has now soared to $475 million, making it the second largest in Powerball history and the third biggest overall. The next drawing will be held Saturday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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    Lilly Sanchez holds up lotto tickets she purchased including a Powerball ticket seeking a payout of around $475 million, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. The prize is the third largest in lottery history, and the winning numbers will be drawn on Saturday.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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DES MOINES, Iowa  — Powerball officials say the jackpot has climbed to an estimated $600 million, making it the largest prize in the game’s history and the world’s second largest lottery prize.

Lottery officials say the prize is growing quickly today because so many people have been purchasing the $2 tickets. The jackpot has grown by an estimated $236 million since the last drawing on Wednesday.

The last jackpot was won on March 30, so it’s been growing for about six weeks. The next drawing is Saturday night.

The largest jackpot ever was a $656 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2012. The prize was split three ways with winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million.

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