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Amanda McKinley anxiously waits, first in line Wednesday morning at Rickers, for her free Powerball ticket in hopes of winning the $500 million jackpot.

Early birds get the free tickets

Mary Harvey receives her free Powerball ticket.
The Powerball jackpot is now at $500 million, although the amount might rise during the day.

Powerball officials announced early Wednesday afternoon that the jackpot is now an estimated $550 million.

Beginning at 6 a.m. today, the Hoosier Lottery gave away one free Powerball ticket to the first 425 players who visited Ricker's at 5823 Coldwater Road.

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