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The country had lottery frenzy this week, with the Powerball jackpot reaching a record $579.9 million. Wednesday’s drawing finally resulted in two winners. The tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona.
The winning numbers were 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball 6. If you didn’t win the jackpot, there were still several Match 5 winners, with winning tickets sold in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and South Carolina.
As we previously reported, the jackpot grew to $500 million on Tuesday, but officials continued to increase the jackpot as ticket sales skyrocketed. Just before the drawing, it grew to $579.9 million, the second-largest jackpot in US history. It fell short of the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March.
According to The New York Times, Arizona lottery officials plan on holding a press conference later today to reveal where the winning ticket was purchased. Missouri officials have not commented on the jackpot yet.
The Chicago Tribune reports that tickets were being sold at a rate of 130,000 per minute across the 42 states where Powerball is played. It is also played in Washington, DC and in the US Virgin Islands.
The jackpot rose thanks to officials’ changes to the game, which included doubling the ticket price to $2 each. That didn’t stop optimistic players who dreamed of hitting it big, despite the odds.