Record Powerball Jackpot Boosts Ticket Sales

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COLUMBIA - The Powerball Jackpot has reached an all time high at half a billion dollars. The record jackpot is tempting plenty of Missourians to try their luck and buy a ticket.

Since early Wednesday morning, nationwide, 105,000 tickets were sold every minute, according to CBS.

Missourians may have a particularly good chance at winning the Powerball jackpot. According to the Missouri Lottery website, "Out of the 44 lotteries participating in the Powerball game, Missouri ranks second behind Indiana in the number of Powerball jackpot winners."

The Powerball website claims 26.4 cents of every dollar spent on the Missouri Lottery goes to Missouri's Public Schools.

More than 15 trillion dollars worth of lotto tickets have been sold in Missouri since it came to the state in 1986, and the lottery has resulted in more than 4 billion dollars in proceeds for the state.