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Powerball frenzy sweeps U.S. and Canada as jackpot reaches $1.5-billion

The largest lottery payout in U.S. history is attracting millions despite 1 in 293 million odds of having the right combination.

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Robert Charbonneau, from St-Donat, Que., waits to buy $1,000 worth of Powerball tickets for himself and friends in the border town of Champlain, N.Y.

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Patrons line up to buy tickets outside the Primm Valley Casino Resorts Lotto Store near Primm, Nevada

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Michael King (left) of World Class Bakery gives a powerball ticket to everyone buying a $20 gift card to the bakery in Toronto.

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Customers queue at The Last Stop to buy Powerball lottery tickets in White Hills, Arizona

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People wait in a long line to purchase tickets at a Pilot Travel Center in Tallapoosa, Georgia

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A lottery player fills out numbers on a powerball form in Oakland, California

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A customer purchases lottery tickets at Penn Station in New York City

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Powerball lottery tickets are printed at Bluebird Liquor in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California

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Holly Williams boasts that she has the winning ticket in front of people standing in line at World Class Bakery in Toronto

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A billboard outside Waverly, Neb., displays the top Powerball prize as $999 million because they're not built to show billions.

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