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Lottery: Powerball, Florida Lotto due to hit in South Florida

We are so due for a big Lottery win.

Powerball, the game played in 41 states, D.C. and the Virgin Islands, is up to $150 million, the highest it has been since March 13, when it hit for $211 million in New Jersey. We haven't had a Florida winner since Oct. 3, when Orlando's Dr. William Steele hit for $189 million. In fact, Dr. Steele is the only Florida top jackpot winner ever; the state picked up Powerball in January 2009.

The Florida Lotto, our state game, is expected to be near $46 million by Saturday night. There has been no winner since Feb. 3.

South Florida had a hot streak last fall, but hasn't made news since January, when Margaret Palomino, 66, of West Park, claimed a $28 million Florida Lotto jackpot -- from a ticket drawn on Nov. 7, 2009. And on Jan. 2, 2010, Joyce Levitt of Pembroke Pines hit for "only" $7 million. So, we're not officially zero-for-2010 in South Florida, but things have been dry.