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Powerball jackpot reaches $500 million

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

$500 million is now up for grabs in Wednesday's Powerball jackpot drawing. Sales increased after a number of broken machines caused delays. A lottery spokesman says software enhancements were run on Sunday, causing the backup. On Tuesday, the machines were working and people were buying tickets, hoping to cash in on the big jackpot.

"I'm probably going to support some of the charities I support over they year, pay off my student loans, help my family and do what I can," said Laurie Farrell, Powerball player.

The lottery is continuing to monitor the situation incase some kinks still need to be worked out. The manager at the Shell gas station on Chatham Pkwy says they have sold about $1,500 in Powerball tickets.

Statement from Georgia Lottery Corporation's community director Tandi Reddick:

Georgia Lottery terminals statewide are showing normal transaction times and experiencing no network delays. Sales for the record $500 million Powerball jackpot remain strong. Tuesday's Powerball with Powerplay sales in Georgia topped $1.8 million by 2:30 p.m. and continue to grow by the hour.

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