People who bought Powerball tickets in Arizona and Missouri are going to wake up rich today after matching the six numbers for last night’s drawing.

Winning Powerball tickets were sold in those two states, lottery officials reported this morning.

Those tickets — good for a $579.9 million jackpot — matched the numbers 5, 16, 22, 23 and 29, with a Powerball of 6.

The jackpot is the second-largest in US lottery history, behind a $656 million Mega Millions drawing in March.

In addition to the jackpot winners, tickets in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and South Carolina picked up Match 5 Winners Power Play tickets worth $2 million each.

Tickets sold in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and 22 other states are also good for $1 million.

In New Jersey, eight tickets sold matched five numbers to win $1 million.

The lottery says 450,781 tickets in New Jersey are worth something.

Some 239,159 matched just the Powerball and are worth $4.

Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide – about six times the volume from a week ago. That meant the jackpot could climb even higher before the Wednesday night drawing, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.

The jackpot had already rolled over 16 consecutive times without a winner, but Powerball officials said earlier Wednesday they believed there was a 75 percent chance the winning combination will be drawn this time.

If one ticket hits the right numbers, chances are good that multiple ones will, according to some experts. That happened in the Mega Millions drawing in March, when three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, which remains the largest lottery payout of all time.

Source: NY Post


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