Originally Posted Online: Nov. 28, 2012, 8:27 am
Last Updated: Nov. 28, 2012, 1:23 pm

Illinois Lottery: Powerball sales 'blistering'

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Lottery says Powerball tickets are selling at a "blistering" pace, and that's boosted the jackpot to $550 million.

Over a 30-minute period around the middle of the day Tuesday, the Illinois Lottery sold more than $200,000 in Powerball tickets across the state.

Lottery officials expected the pace of sales to increase even more as Wednesday night's drawing for the largest jackpot in Powerball history draws closer.

A $656 million Mega Millions jackpot set a world lottery record in March. That prize was split three ways. One of those winners was Merle Butler of Red Bud in southern Illinois. He took home nearly $119 million.

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