Powerball jackpot jumps to $425 million, largest in game history

Next drawing will be Wednesday

INDIANAPOLIS - Document, document, document -- that's the advice for lottery players looking cash in on Powerball's record $425 million jackpot by pooling tickets with a group.

From family members to friends and office pools, plenty of Hoosiers are going in together to try and win Wednesday's drawing, the largest jackpot in Powerball history.

Cliff White, 83, and four fellow retirees bought a batch of tickets Monday, hoping to increase their odds.

"More tickets more chances. We always make copies of all the tickets and each guy has a copy," White said of the group's strategy.

Hoosier Lottery spokesman Al Larsen encourages players to document the rules of their pools.

"Know the rules, discuss them, put them in writing and make sure everyone in your group knows how you are going to lay," he said.  "Know what it means to be in the pool, how much you contribute, what the different rules are to come in and out of the pool."

Many groups write up lottery pool agreements to ensure an easy jackpot collection.

"The more you document, the more controversy-free you are going be when you claim your prize," Larsen said.

In 2006, Powerball handed out its largest prize to date -- $365 million -- to eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant.

The Powerball is held in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The prize still has a ways to go to match the U.S. record payout of $656 million, set in March by a Mega Millions jackpot that was split between three winners.

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