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    Big Game Boosts Lottery Sales

    The $220-million jackpot is one of the biggest ever in the United States.

    NEWARK, N.J. -- Lottery players -- some spending hundreds of dollars, others paying with handfuls of change -- lined up in seven states Friday for a shot at one of the biggest jackpots in U.S. history: a $220 million Big Game prize. The winning numbers will be drawn tonight.

    The jackpot hit the $200 million mark after 17 straight drawings in which nobody won the jackpot. The biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was a Big Game prize of $363 million, won in May 2000 by ticket holders in Michigan and Illinois. The multistate Powerball game has had two jackpots worth approximately $295 million, according to MSNBC.

    The Big Game is played in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia. Players pick five different numbers from 1 to 50 and one Big Money Ball number from 1 to 36. The odds of winning, assuming one ticket is purchased, were put at 1 in 76 million.

    With Big Game excitement running high, even Rebecca Paul, president of the Georgia Lottery, warned players about buying too many of the $1 tickets: "You can't truly change your odds, the more tickets you buy."

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