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A D.C. man won a $144 million Powerball lottery in 2009, and on Christmas Eve last year, a Powerball ticket worth $125 million was sold at a store in Elkton, Md.

“It will be exciting anticipating the jackpot for tomorrow night,” Ms. Otto said. “The needle does move. At $100 million we definitely see a bump in sales, then $200 million, and $300 million is really the beginning of the frenzy.”