Powerball Jackpot Rises to $330 Million

PHOTO: Forms for the Powerball lottery wait to be filled out at a gas station in Bowie, Md., Aug. 6, 2013.
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Without a winner since last year, the Powerball jackpot has risen to a whopping $330 million.

Another drawing will happen tonight and if the winner decides to take the lump sum they could get $189 million. If no ticket matches the number then the pot will keep growing.

"We get as excited as anybody else. It's all so random," said Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery told The Associated Press. "We don't know when it is going to run. Sometimes we'll get a short dry spell. But it looks like it's coming back in."

Powerball is played in 43 states in addition to Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million.

While the chances of winning are slim, plenty of players rely on certain superstitions and "strategies" to supposedly increase their odds of winning. Some players use important birthdays, but 80 percent of ticket buyers allow the computer's Quick Pick do draw numbers for them.

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In fact, most Powerball winners have won after having their prize numbers picked by a computer.

Last year Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Fla., won $590 million, one of the largest Powerball jackpots in history, last year after another lotto buyer allowed the senior citizen go in front of her.

"We bought the winning ticket as a single ticket, even though we bought four other tickets before the drawing. While in line at Publix another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket," Mackenzie said in a statement.

Some states have had more winners than others, leading to players crossing state lines in search of a "lucky" pick, but experts say that won't help.

According to lottery officials and mathematicians, every Powerball ticket has the same chance of winning.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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