NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The richest Powerball jackpot ever and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history has been won. The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners?
Lottery officials said early Thursday that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot. The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.
1010 WINS’ John Montone reports
Before the drawing, the jackpot set off a ticket-buying frenzy. An estimated 130,000 tickets were being sold every minute, officials said.
“Powerball, just like Mega Millions, is a sales-driven game,” New York Lottery spokesperson Yolanda Vega told 1010 WINS. “So the more people who purchase, the higher the jackpot gets.”
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.
The prize is the second highest in lottery history. Eight months ago, a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record.
While there were no jackpot winners in the Tri-State, there were some second prize tickets sold.
In New Jersey, eight tickets matched five numbers to win $1 million. Those tickets were sold in Atlantic City, Fort Lee, Englewood, Kearny, Bayonne, Jersey City, Union City and Lakewood.
In New York, four tickets matched five numbers to win $1 million.
In Connecticut, two tickets matched five numbers to win $1 million. One of those tickets also matched the Power Play boosting that $1 million prize to $2 million.
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