The Powerball lottery game's jackpot has swelled to $600 million ahead of Saturday night's draw.
That number is expected to grow as more people play throughout the day.
It's the biggest jackpot since California entered the multistate game last month.
“California joined and all of a sudden everyone’s luck ran out,” California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso joked.
Traverso said officials expected about $10 million in California ticket sales Friday. On the Friday of a record-setting Mega Millions draw, he said tickets sold at a pace of $5 million worth per hour in California. That foreshadows a huge day of sales and long lines on Saturday.
If the jackpot eclipses $656 million, it will surpass the historic Mega Millions draw of March 2012.
“I think we’re going to break the record,” Traverso said.
As of Friday, officials say that slightly more than half of the possible number combinations have been sold.
The odds of winning Powerball are about 1 in 175 million, which means there are approximately 175 million possible number combinations. To win the jackpot, players must match five numbers along with the Powerball number.