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    Powerball Jackpot Hits $551M

    A lottery ticket reader awaits use at the Freedom Value Center convenience store and gas station, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Sioux Falls, S.D. The price for Powerball tickets is set to double Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Amber Hunt)

    Amber Hunt / AP Photo

    Some lucky American is about to become mind-blowingly rich. The Powerball jackpot grand prize has soared to a record-breaking $550 million, up $100 million from Tuesday morning, and the astronomical sum has produced a “national ticket sales frenzy.” In Massachusetts, lottery dealers were selling tickets at a rate of $14,800 per minute. The Powerball jackpot is the largest in the game’s history, and the second-largest in lottery history. So pick those numbers wisely.

    Read it at Boston Globe