Powerball Jackpot Live Stream: Where To Watch Tonight's $500M Drawing, And Why The Prize Will Be Higher

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Powerball Jackpot Hits $500 Million
Powerball jackpot grew to $500 million Tuesday as part of plan lottery officials put together early 2012.

With tonight’s Powerball jackpot hovering around $500 million, millions of Americans are dreaming big about what they’d do with half a billion dollars (or $327.4 million through the lump sum option.)

But before you dream big, you’ll need to know what five numbers and one Powerball number will be drawn tonight. If you’ll be near a television, check this list of stations broadcasting the $500 million drawing.

If you won’t have access to a television in time for the 10:59 p.m. EST live drawing, you’re in luck (at least when it comes to this part of your $500 million dreams) because the record draw will be live-streamed.

A live stream of the drawing can be found at this link, which includes a countdown until the drawing.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, the nonprofit that holds the Powerball drawings, will also be broadcasting the drawing on its YouTube channel here.

Wednesday night’s drawing will be one of the most widely watched lottery drawings due to its record $500 million jackpot.

Powerball is played on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and nobody hit the $327 million jackpot in Saturday’s drawing. The winning numbers were 22, 32, 37, 44 and 50 with 34 as the Powerball.

Tonight’s jackpot was originally expected to be around $425 million, but buzz about the growing prize spurred a spike in ticket sales that caused the jackpot to climb to $500 million. You can expect that number to increase as more Americans want to get in on Powerball fever.

"Typically, 60% of sales occur the last day,'' Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, told USA Today. "We'll see how many people decide to play $500 million."

It’s unclear what the final jackpot will be, but Strutt said the association will have to stop at a number because of publicity efforts.

"We're saying $500 million -- it'll be higher,'' Strutt said. "But you've got to stop at a number" for marketing purposes.

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