Wednesday November 28, 2012

Sales of lottery tickets are brisk across Massachusetts for Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot of $500 million -- the second-largest prize in the history of lotteries in the U.S.

The Massachusetts Lottery reports "strong ticket sales" here and in the 41 other states, as well as Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.

Just what are the odds of winning the entire pot of money tonight? Try 1 in 175 million.

The one-time cash payout is more than $327 million, according to the Massachusetts Lottery.

The world's largest lottery jackpot -- the Mega Millions game on March 30 -- was $656 million.

Tonight's drawing is at 10:59 p.m. Results are posted at