Virginians playing Powerball in big numbers

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With the next drawing of Powerball soaring to near record heights, Virginians are joining in the frenzy.

Virginia lottery officials forecast the sale of about 1.4 million Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing. The jackpot in the multistate game is expected to be in the range of $400 million.

More than 27,000 tickets sold in the game for the past weekend's drawing won prizes. Five players each won $10,000, with the other winning sums much smaller.

The lucky winner of the $400 million jackpot could select to take the jackpot in 30 annual payments or chose a one-time cash option. That would reduce the winnings to about $228 million before taxes.

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