01/08/2016 08:25 EST | Updated 01/08/2017 05:12 EST

Powerball Lottery: Canadians Flocking Online To Try To Win Nearly $1 Billion

$700-million U.S. Powerball jackpot is nearly $1 billion Canadian.

As the U.S. Powerball prize grows to almost $1 billion Cdn for Saturday night's draw, Canadians are trying their luck for the American jackpot, according to a global online ticket site. 

"Thousands upon thousands of Canadians are buying tickets online for the biggest lottery jackpot draw in world history," said a news release issued Thursday by, which sells tickets for lotteries around the world. 

The estimated jackpot listed on the Powerball website on Thursday was $700 million US, about $985 Cdn.

According to, Canadians used to have to physically go to U.S. border states to buy lottery tickets in stores if they wanted to buy an American lottery ticket — a service the company started to provide online a few years ago. 

The largest Powerball prize won by a single player was $590 million US in 2013. The winner was 84-year-old Gloria MacKenzie, who bought her ticket at a Florida supermarket after another customer let her go ahead in line. MacKenzie let the lottery computers generate the numbers at random and also bought four other tickets for the draw. 

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