Powerball jackpot soars, online gaming starts soon

7:51 PM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Georgians hope for lucky picks as the Powerball jackpot for the Saturday, November 24, drawing is estimated at $325 million.

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At $325 million, Saturday's jackpot is the fourth largest in the multi-state game's history. The largest Powerball prize ever awarded was a $365 million win in 2006.

The nation's largest ever lottery prize was a $656 million Mega Millions prize drawn in March, 2012. 

The game is played in 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

Starting Sunday, you won't have to go to the store to buy your tickets. Customers will be able to buy Powerball, Mega Million and Fantasy Five tickets online. The Georgia Lottery is joining a handful of other states in venturing into online sales.

It won't be a free-for-all. Computer IP addresses will be monitored to make sure participants are buying from Georgia. Identities will be verified through bank accounts and social security numbers, and game play will be limited.



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