Multi-State Lottery Association officials raised Wednesday's jackpot from $425 million to $500 million Tuesday, citing the strength of sales. Continued growth in sales led to Wednesday morning's increase.
Lottery officials had not estimated how high the jackpot could climb if no one won the jackpot Wednesday night.
But with the high number of tickets sold, the odds were likely that someone would do so.
"Sales are so high nationwide that the odds are someone will win, but you never know," Burnside said. "It's total randomness."
Customers had until 9:59 p.m. to buy tickets ahead of the 10:59 p.m. Wednesday drawing.
State Lottery officials took advantage of the sales frenzy by hosting two special promotional events at One Stop locations in Charleston and South Charleston Wednesday.
During the events, players who bought two Powerball tickets and used the $1 Powerplay option received free scratch-off tickets. Players who bought $20 or more in Powerball tickets were allowed to play the Plinko game for the chance to win West Virginia Lottery promotional tickets and other items.
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