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The Powerball Jackpot Is Up To $800M, But Is It Worth It To Play?

At what point would a ticket's value overtake its cost?

By Samantha Crook | January 8, 2016

The Powerball jackpot has reached a record-breaking $800 million.

And as the jackpot grows, some casual lottery players are wondering if it's time to hop on the bandwagon.

An estimate made before the $800 million mark said the jackpot would need to be about $1.7 billion in order for the cost of a ticket to be "mathematically advantageous."

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Now, it's not impossible for the jackpot to get that high. And the calculation might ease the minds of the conservative players out there who haven't snagged a ticket yet. (Video via KTNV)

The Powerball jackpot surged to $500 million Wednesday and shot up $300 million more in the past two days. So if there's no big winner on Saturday, $2 billion could be right around the corner.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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