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What is the most common activity and preoccupation during leisure time for the typical Americans? Surprise! Surprise! Lottery is topmost on the mind of many Americans. That is if the search result on Google is any indication to go by.

Most people would have a hobby or two to while away their leisure time. With huge payout, many lotteries such as Carlifornia Lottery, Florida Lottery, Texas Lottery, Oklahoma Lottery and New York Lottery attract heavy betting, as well as online search for winning lottery numbers and results.

The Powerball Lottery
One of the better known lottery must be the Powerball Lottery. The Powerball is a multi-state lottery available in 42 states, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. It is one of several games run by the Multi-State Lottery Association. Powerball players have to match 5 numbers plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. Although the chance of hitting the jackpot is very slim (1 in 175,223,510), the multi-million dollars payout is a great attraction for many Americans. The jackpot had snowballed in excess of $200 million many times in the past. The slim chance of hitting the jackpot also add to the thrill. There were instances in the past that a single winner emerges for jackpot that exceeded $200 million.
Since 15 Jan 2012, the price of the Powerball Lottery was increased from $1 to $2. This made the snowballing of the jackpot even faster. As of 11 Feb 2012, the jackpot is $310million. The largest Powerball Jackpot so far, was $364 million. It was paid on 18 February 2006 to a winning ticket sold by Nebraska Lottery. It was shared by 8 person, each taking home $177, 270, 519.67 before tax. If the jackpot is not won on 11 Feb 2012, the Powerball Lottery will see another record jackpot, possibly exceeding $400 million.