Powerball Jackpot Increases to Record $425 Million

Sales are expected to pick up in the days leading up to Wednesday's drawing

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    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Lottery officials say nobody has won the Powerball jackpot and the top prize now will increase to about $425 million for the next drawing, the largest jackpot ever for the game.

    The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing could go even higher than the estimated $425 million because sales pick up in the days before record drawings, officials said.

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