Powerball jackpot soars to $900 million for tonight’s drawing

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Powerball jackpot has increased to $900 million just hours before the drawing.

But Friday night, the winning ticket for the $165 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing was sold in New York

A Staten Island store sold the winning ticket. Someone let the computer pick the winning numbers at a store in the $165 million drawing.

After taxes, the person received $101 million in cash.

The Mega Millions jackpot had been rolling since it was last won on Nov. 13.

With Powerball sales breaking records, the odds are growing that someone will win the $900 million jackpot.

Lottery officials say a winner would have the option of being paid $900 million through annual payments over 29 years or opting for a $558 million lump-sum cash payout.

Sales for the lottery game have skyrocketed since Wednesday, when no one won an estimated $500 million jackpot.

Officials say that if no one wins on Saturday, the next jackpot will be $1.3 billion.

Since Nov. 4, the Powerball jackpot has grown from its $40 million starting point as no one has won the jackpot.