Powerball Sales Skyrocket

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The mammoth jackpot in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing is proving irresistible to thousands of hopeful Kansans.

The Kansas Lottery reports that sales of Powerball tickets in the state topped $1.1 million on Tuesday alone, for a total of nearly $1.8 million since Sunday.

And that was when the jackpot was estimated at a mere $500 million. On Wednesday morning, officials of the multistate game boosted the estimated payout to $550 million.

Kansas Lottery officials were expecting another huge sales day Wednesday. Ticket sales in Kansas end at 8:59 p.m. Central, one hour before the drawing.

A winner taking the cash option of a $550 million jackpot would get $360.2 million before taxes.