DES MOINES (AP) — Powerball officials said Friday that the jackpot had 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 said the prize was growing quickly Friday because so many people were purchasing the $2 tickets. The jackpot has grown by an estimated $236 million since the last drawing Wednesday.
The last jackpot was won 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.