Powerball Could Reach a Billion Dollars This Year

Ever since Powerball doubled the cost of its tickets to $2 dollars, massive jackpots are becoming the new normal.
3:00 | 02/19/14

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And a high-flying competition of its own is under way back here at home tonight. The giant powerball jackpot, up for grabs. And ABC's linsey Davis tell lgs us how big it is. Reporter: It's rolled over more than a dozen times since 2013, creating tonight's $400 million powerball jackpot. The sixth largest in U.S. Lottery history and the largest so far this year, in what could be a record-breaking year. We could hit that $1 billion mark. Reporter: Ever since powerball doubled the cost of its tickets to $2, massive jackpots are becoming the new Normal. This particular jackpot is just taking a little longer to grow. As a result of the extreme weather leading up to tonight's drawing, fewer people were venturing out, as they are now, to buy tickets. Even with 1 in 175 million odds, powerball officials say the excitement is overshadowing the weather. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new York.

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