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Powerball fever in full swing; Watch the drawing LIVE tonight on Action News 5!

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A store in South Carolina says it has sold more than two-thousand Powerball tickets today.

And an Illinois woman crossed the Mississippi River to Iowa to buy tickets for herself and her co-workers.

The Powerball craze is being fueled by a 340 million dollar jackpot, the second biggest in U-S history. The odds of winning are 1 in 146 million, but that isn't deterring people from plunking down their dollars.

A spokeswoman with the Iowa Lottery says hundreds of players are even choosing a set of numbers a character used on the TV show "Lost." On the show, a character won 156 million dollars. She says it speaks to "people's fascination with numbers and the what-if factor."

The drawing is Wednesday night.

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