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How Tonight's Powerball Drawing is Being Protected & Which Stars Are Playing

by Raphael Chestang 4:18 PM PST, January 13, 2016
Playing How Tonight's Powerball Drawing is Being Protected & Which Stars Are Playing

Everybody wants a piece of the Powerball, and some people would do anything to win. ET is looking at the plan in place to make sure there's no funny business in announcing the potential winner.

With $1.5 billion on the line, it's the hottest tickets in town. Powerball players have spent an estimated $2.6 billion on tickets since the last jackpot win, and even celebrities are going after the big prize.

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"I'm going to play!" Queen Latifah told ET on the Golden Globe Awards red carpet. "Hells yes!"

Empire star Jussie Smollett made sure he got his tickets before the awards show.

"I can't lie. We all chipped in yesterday and put in like $100," he admitted.

As the pinnacle of Powerball hysteria approaches, anyone with ambitions to cheat the system should think twice. Inside the Powerball studio in Tallahassee, Florida, security is tight. There are at least eight security cameras in the little room where the numbers will be announced as well as a state police officer who guards the studio while keeping an eye on the vault where the machines are held.

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On the set of The Talk on Wednesday, the hosts were already plotting what they would do if they won.

"I will take my husband and we will disappear," Sharon Osbourne said.

Tune in to find out the results of the drawing tonight on your local stations.

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