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Powerball fever hot in Mass. as the jackpot grows

$6,000 in tickets sold every minute

Powerball lottery ticket sales hit uncharted territory Friday, as the jackpot soared above $600 million, setting a new record for the game and creating lavish dreams for players across the country.

The astronomical odds for winning the prize, one in 175,000,000, were not scaring away buyers in Massachusetts who flocked to stores across the Bay State. Massachusetts Lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan said proceeds from Powerball tickets had reached $3 million for the day by 5:30 p.m., at a rate of up to $6,700 per minute.

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