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Photo feature: That’s five with eight zeroes

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Area convenience stores and Louisiana Lottery outlets were busy selling tickets for the largest Powerball payout ever. B-Kwik employee Ilene Buckles prints out receipts for a customer Tuesday evening at the convenience store on Carter Street.
Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — The estimated jackpot Tuesday night was $500 million dollars. Once the jackpot hit $100 million on Oct. 27, nearly $38 million worth of tickets were sold by Oct. 31. As the jackpot grew to more than $200 million on Nov. 17, sales surged by nearly $70 million by the next Wednesday. Then the jackpot reached over $300 million on Nov. 24, and ticket sales over the next four days surpassed $140 million.