Chicago's Powerball Fever Grows With Jackpot

Jackpot swells to $600 million

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    Saturday's jackpot is the second-biggest ever for the multi-state game. Kim Vatis reports. (Published Friday, May 17, 2013)

    As Saturday's drawing for the Powerball lottery nears, it appears Illinois residents aren't holding back their hopes for the jackpot.

    As of Saturday morning, Powerball sales were at $1.9 million across Illinois. Ticket sales peaked Friday with $1 million in tickets sold in one hour, and yesterday's totals are expected to double Saturday, according to Elizabeth Leonard of the Illinois Lottery.

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    No one matched all six numbers in Wednesday night's drawing, which meant the jackpot rolled over for Saturday night.

    As of Friday morning, that jackpot swelled to $600 million, making it the second largest in Powerball history. A single winning ticket would get a $376.9 million prize, according to the Powerball website.

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    Powerball fever is already spreading among hopefuls in Chicago with visions of unimaginable wealth. 

    "Well, I'd pay off all my loans.  I'd buy my parents a nice house and definitely take care of myself," one man in Streeterville told NBCChicago.

    "Totally go to Europe--probably for the rest of my life," a woman said.

    The winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing were:  2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and Powerball 32.