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Powerball fever hits area residents
Piggly Wiggly cashier Betty Monahan sells Annie Figi 10 Powerball tickets Friday afternoon. The Powerball jackpot was worth $700 million at the time of Figi's purchase and has grown to $800 million. Figi, who works at Brennan's Market, bought the tickets as part of a pool with some of her co-workers. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - People throughout Monroe lined up this week for a very small - miniscule, really - chance to win a record-breaking Powerball jackpot tonight. The jackpot, estimated to reach over $800 million by the time the winning number is drawn, is the highest lottery jackpot ever offered in North America. The odds of winning, however, are only 1 in 292,201,338.