2 Winning Tickets in $579 Million Powerball

by Nate Wooley | November 29, 2012 8:27 am

2 Winning Tickets in $579 Million Powerball

Powerball 112512L 300x168 2 Winning Tickets in $579 Million Powerball[1]Two tickets had all the right numbers in last night’s record Powerball lottery drawing.

The two winning tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri[2]. Officials from neither state have announced any details concerning the tickets. Arizona officials announced that they’ll hold a press conference this morning to release details for that state.

A wild frenzy of ticket buying inflated the final jackpot above the anticipated $500 million[3]. In the end, the jackpot came in at $579.9 million for a single winner. The two winning tickets will split that amount. Should the winners choose the cash option, they’ll split $379.8 million as a one-time payment.

On Wednesday, lottery officials said the $2 tickets were moving at a rate of 130,000 per minute. The size of the jackpot, and the news stories surrounding it, sold tickets to people who don’t normally play the six-number lottery.

The Powerball now resets to a $40 million payout, with a cash option of $26.2 million, for Saturday’s drawing. The odds of winning the jackpot, no matter how high or low, remain 1 in 175,223,510[4].

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Powerball-112512L.jpg
  2. sold in Arizona and Missouri: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POWERBALL_JACKPOT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-29-03-48-21
  3. the anticipated $500 million: http://investorplace.com/2012/11/powerball-lottery-set-to-reach-record-high/
  4. 1 in 175,223,510: http://www.powerball.com/powerball/pb_prizes.asp
  5. Forgetful Woman Nearly Forfeits $23 Million Lotto Prize: http://investorplace.com/2012/11/forgetful-woman-nearly-forfeits-23-million-lotto-prize/
  6. Man Gets Dumped, Wins $30 Million Lottery: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/man-gets-dumped-wins-30-million-lottery/
  7. Man Wins $100,000 Lottery … Again: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/man-wins-100000-lottery-again/

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