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U.S. Powerball lottery draw tops $320M

Lottery machines across the United States were in overdrive Wednesday as wannabe millionaires flocked to stores to buy tickets for the multi-state Powerball lottery.

The estimated jackpot for the Wednesday-evening draw is a whopping US$320 million – flirting with the all-time high of $365 million, hit in 2006 by a group of co-workers from Nebraska.

On a much smaller scale, Canada’s Lotto Max jackpot has maxed out with no big winner for the past several weeks.

That means the estimated jackpot for Friday night’s draw will be C$50 million.

There will also be two separate Maxmillion draws for $1 million each.