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Is a Mississippian holding Powerball's winning ticket?

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Jackpot hopefuls stood in line for around 30 minutes today to take a chance to become Powerball's next multi-millionaire.  Many of those waiting in line at the Shell station off Gause Boulevard in Slidell drove over from South Mississippi.

The record Powerball jackpot just keeps rising. It now stands at $550 million after officials say brisk sales keep driving up the payout amount.  The jackpot was boosted to $500 million on Tuesday and raised again Wednesday morning to $550 million.

A winner taking the cash option would get $360.2 million before taxes.  The numbers are an estimate and could be increased again as the drawing nears.

Powerball officials say they now believe there is a 75 percent chance that the winning combination of numbers will be drawn Wednesday night.

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