The jackpot-fixing scandal that rocked the lottery organization behind Powerball has done little to hold back interest in the game.
In fact, with the jackpot soaring to record-breaking levels — it rose to $900 million Saturday morning, the biggest lottery prize in U.S. history — Powerball hysteria is sweeping the United States.
Stores across the country have sold more tickets and are seeing much longer lines than usual before Saturday’s drawing, according to various local reports throughout the week.
“Sales,” a California State Lottery spokesman said, “are going crazy right now.”
“They’ve gone through the roof,” Ohio Lottery spokeswoman said.