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Wednesday is the last time most people living today will see a repeating day, month and year -- 12/12/12. A mark of luck? Lottery officials seem to think so. Do engaged couples find it appealing? Of course, say wedding planners. Even the universe found a way to mark the occasion with an early-morning meteor shower.
The drawing for the second-largest lottery jackpot of all time is Wednesday night, when it will either irrevocably alter the life of a lucky ticket holder or send the nation into a never-before-seen state of money mania — again.
A $320 million Powerball jackpot is scheduled for Wednesday night, and officials are hoping the multimillion-dollar mania that seized the area earlier this year could turn the drawing into a record-breaking win.
Matching five of the six numbers for a lottery jackpot is no small feat — only one ticket in Virginia accomplished that on Dec. 23 and now the $250,000 prize is out of reach for the unlucky winner.
What would you do with $500 million? That's a question millions of people across the country are asking themselves as the clock ticks down to Friday's record-breaking Mega Millions lottery drawing.
Increasing lottery sales are helping states around the country — including Maryland and Virginia — to partially compensate for the sluggish economy.
"Who knew history could happen again in the same calendar year?" said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. "This is definitely resetting jackpot fever."
"People who don't usually play, play," when the jackpot is this big, said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto.