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Inside the hypersecure room where Powerball millionaires are made

In a small studio in the bowels of the Florida Lottery headquarters building in Tallahassee, two little tornadoes of balls bounce merrily around inside two blinking bright blue machines. In an instant, some of the balls will pop up from the melee and roll down to a neat metal rack, and by the power of gravity and the even hand of chance, a new Powerball millionaire will be made.

Biggest U.S. lottery jackpots

With Wednesday's Powerball drawing resulting in a $768.4 million jackpot for one winner in Wisconsin, check out where that ranks on the list of biggest U.S. lottery jackpots ever.

Furloughed park ranger cashes out with $30 million

During the longest government shutdown in US history, many employees were concerned about the status of their jobs and when they would return to work. Judith Smith, a National Park Service employee, was one of the many workers facing furlough, but instead of stressing about not receiving a paycheck, she cashed out $30 million by winning New Jersey's largest Pick-6 jackpo