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Massachusetts Gains From Record Powerball Jackpot

Money and Powerball tickets change hands at Pine Liquors in Fort Washington, Md., Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, for the upcoming Powerball drawing.  (Alex Brandon/AP)
Money and Powerball tickets change hands at Pine Liquors in Fort Washington, Md., Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, for the upcoming Powerball drawing. (Alex Brandon/AP)
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Even if no one in the state hits Saturday night's $900 million Powerball jackpot, Lottery leaders say Massachusetts is already a winner.

"We're really in unprecedented territory here," said Christian Teja of the Massachusetts State Lottery. Teja says Powerball sales are up, and the agency expects to see higher revenue this month as a result.

"As much as 10 times or more of another drawing once you get over that $300 million mark is where it really jumps exponentially," Teja said.

The jackpot is the largest ever in the United States.

The lottery says the run-up to the record jackpot has generated over $12.5 million and counting for Massachusetts cities and towns, which receive 42 percent of all the money from Powerball tickets sold in the state.

Jonathan Cain Twitter Senior Supervising Producer, All Things Considered
Jonathan Cain produces WBUR's All Things Considered and afternoon newscasts. He came to WBUR after working for 14 years as an Emmy Award-winning television news producer at NECN in Newton and WTVR in Richmond, Virginia.

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