In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, Roselyn Jones purchases a few Powerball tickets from station attendant Claudia Molina at the Conoco Sunrise Market off of Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, Tenn. The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that run the game. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)
DES MOINES, Iowa — The record Powerball jackpot just keeps rising. It now stands at $550 million after officials say brisk sales keep driving up the payout amount.
The jackpot was boosted to $500 million on Tuesday and raised again Wednesday morning to $550 million.
A winner taking the cash option would get $360.2 million before taxes.
The numbers are an estimate and could be increased again as the drawing nears.
Powerball officials say they now believe there is a 75 percent chance that the winning combination of numbers will be drawn Wednesday night.