Updated at 1:05 a.m., Aug. 8, 2013
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Three lucky souls will be splitting the Powerball jackpot, which hit an estimated $448.4 million Wednesday.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 5, 25, 30, 58, 59, and Powerball 32. Lottery officials then told CBS 2 early Thursday morning that three winning tickets matched all six numbers, and that two of the tickets were sold in New Jersey. The other was sold in Minnesota.
The jackpot for the drawing would’ve fetched a single winner a lump-sum payment after taxes of more than $244 million, lottery officials said.
The world’s highest lottery jackpot was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in March 2012.
Powerball tickets doubled in price to $2 in January 2012 as part of a plan to help jackpots grow bigger, faster. And when the jackpots reach astronomical levels, ticket sales take off, with jackpots following close behind.
The odds of matching all six Powerball numbers are just 1 in 175.2 million. officials said.
Many of those lining up to buy tickets Wednesday morning said they knew the odds were against them, but they just couldn’t pass up a chance to become a multi-millionaire in a matter of minutes.