Powerball jackpot hits record $600 million

The jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing has hit a record $600 million.

The cash payout option is equal to $376.9 million, according to the Powerball website.

No one matched Wednesday night's numbers when the jackpot was $360 million, meaning the high prize for Saturday's drawing could keep on growing until it's time to pick the numbers.

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Lottery officials say the prize is growing quickly Friday 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 $600 million jackpot is now the highest ever for Powerball, beating out the $587.5 million jackpot split between a Missouri couple and an Arizona woman last year.

The largest lottery jackpot in any game is a $656 million prize in the Mega Millions game in 2012.

Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

A single ticket costs $2, but your odds of winning the jackpot are pretty slim -- about one in 175 million.

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