(Area) One in 175.2 million. Those are your odds, if you play, of taking home a near record Powerball jackpot. Iowans have until 8:59 p.m. tonight to go buy their tickets.
Mary Nuebauer, with the Iowa lottery, says many will wait until the last minute to go get their chance at the estimated jackpot which started at $350 million and has risen to $360 million.
"When the jackpot gets to this level it just becomes that water cooler talk. Everybody wants a shot at it. We see those regular players plus occassional players jumping on board and event newcomers because everybody wants a shot at this thing."
While winning is a long shot, the good news is that your odds don’t go down even with more people playing.
"The odds never change, they don't have anything to do with how many people are buying tickets. They have to do with the numbers on your ticket. The reason that the odds are one in 175.2 million is because that's the number of combinations of numbers in the powerball game."
It’s the third time the power ball has been this high and just the second time in the last seven years.
"In February of 2006, a group of workers in Nebraska won a $365 million jackpot. That was the record for a long time until last November. On November 28th the Powerball jackpot reached $587.5 million."
The Powerball jackpot has been on the rise since the last winner in late March.