UPDATE: Fla. Powerball Winner Hasn't Come Forward

UPDATED Monday, May 20, 2013 --- 11:32 a.m.

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) -- So far the winner hasn't come forward to claim the highest Powerball jackpot in history.

The lucky ticket was bought at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., a city of about 13,000 people about 30 miles northeast of downtown Tampa.

The winner will have up to two months to claim the estimated $590.5 million jackpot.

Under Florida law, lottery winners in the state cannot remain anonymous; their names and city of residence must be made publicly available to anyone who asks, according to the state's lottery website. No one had come forward as of Monday morning.

Lottery spokesman David Bishop says that winners of big jackpots usually don't rush to claim their prize. They typically contact an attorney or accountant to get their affairs in order.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, May 17, 2013 --- 1:14 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- 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 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 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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, May 16, 2013 --- 1:30 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Powerball jackpot has jumped to $550 million, a major climb less than a day after the latest drawing produced no winning ticket.

The announcement Thursday by the Multi-State Lottery Association means ticket sales have soared as the frenzy grows for a chance to win the big prize.

Mary Neubauer, spokeswoman for the Iowa Lottery, says the latest jackpot number has the potential to break the record for largest jump between drawings. That still belongs to a Powerball jackpot in November 2012, when the jackpot jumped $260 million to reach the all-time Powerball jackpot record of $587.5 million.

The latest jackpot has climbed nearly $200 million since Wednesday's drawing, which was an estimated $360 million.

The new jackpot has a $350.1 million cash option. The next drawing is scheduled for Saturday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 3:20 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Powerball jackpot is climbing again, and fast.

In just a few short weeks, the jackpot has ballooned to an estimated $360 million, making it the third largest Powerball jackpot and the seventh largest jackpot ever.

Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says the "cross-selling" of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, as well as a game redesign in 2012, boosted jackpots and increased the odds of winning some kind of prize.

She says large jackpots are the new normal, and she expects them to keep surpassing all-time jackpot records set years ago.

The last major win came when a New Jersey man won a $338.3 million jackpot on March 23. It is now considered the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history.

The next drawing is Wednesday night.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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