It is the third biggest lottery jackpot in history.  The Powerball jackpot for Saturday, May 18, 2013 is $550 million as of this writing.

That number may still rise as more people choose to get in on the gambling action.

While reporting on huge jackpots is often light-hearted, there is a serious side to gambling.  Many people are addicted to games of chance.  A twenty-four hour helpline is available for anyone needing help if they have problems with gambling.  That number is: (877) 8-HOPENY (877.846.7369).