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UPDATE: Powerball jackpot now tops $500 million

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UPDATE: Powerball jackpot now tops $500 million for Wednesday night's drawing. Earlier in the week, the jackpot was at $485 million.

PREVIOUS STORY: With the Powerball jackpot jumping to nearly a half billion dollars to $485 million, the Tennessee Lottery reminds players to check their tickets after drawings even if the jackpot is not won.

Saturday's drawing did not see a jackpot winner, but there were nearly 44,000 winning tickets of various prize levels in Tennessee alone.

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“While the big jackpots get the bulk of attention, there are eight other prize levels that players can win with prizes ranging from $4 up to $2 million,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Sales are brisk, according to a Tennessee Lottery news release issued Tuesday, and growing jackpot fever has helped push the jackpot for the popular game of Powerball from $450 million to an incredible $485 million for Wednesday night's drawing.

Tickets for the big drawing must be purchased by 9:59pm ET (8:59pm CT) on Wednesday.

The record jackpot for the game was $590.5 million, won in May by a single player in Florida.

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