Powerball Jackpot Passes $600 Million

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A record Powerball jackpot climbed Friday morning to a mind-numbing $600 million, and lottery officials speculated the jackpot would continue to soar in the run-up to Saturday's drawing.  

The new tally sets a record for the largest Powerball jackpot in history. The question now is whether the current Powerball jackpot will eclipse the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot from March 2012.

"I think it's going to be really, really close," said California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso. "Every step of the way this jackpot seems to have mirrored that jackpot."