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$580 million Powerball Lotto Hit After 130K Tickets Sold Per Minute Nationwide On Wednesday

One Winning Ticket Sold In Both Arizona And Missouri

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The World Series of Poker may have the biggest purse in the sporting world, but it can’t compete in the gambling world with the jackpots of multi-state lotteries.

Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, which reached a record $580 million, was won by two lucky — at least for now — souls in Arizona and Missouri. The winners have yet to come forward as of early Thursday.

Dearborn, Mo. has a population of about 500, while Fountain Hills, Ariz. has about 22,000.

The winners, who gambled with odds at 1 in 175 million, had a winning ticket of 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 6 as the Powerball number.

May Scheve Reardon of the Missouri Lottery cautioned: “If you buy Powerball tickets at this [Trex Mart] location, please find them and check them closely. If you find you’re holding the winning ticket, be sure you sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to a Missouri Lottery office. You will also want to get some legal and financial advice before you claim.”

Both winners can select an annuity or a lump-sum of about $192.3 million before taxes.

Trex Mart will receive $50,000 for selling a winning ticket.

According to reporting from CBS and the Associated Press, about 130,000 tickets were being sold per minute nationwide on Wednesday leading up to the drawing.

The lottery receives condemnation from some since tickets sales are predominately from the poor. So, it came as little surprise when Missouri defended the game in its press release.

“The retailer and winner are not the only ones to benefit from this record jackpot,” Reardon said. “Public education benefits greatly. Missouri Powerball sales for this jackpot run, which started Oct. 3, were more than $28.8 million, which means more than $10.7 million of those sales will benefit public education.”

Missouri dollar breakdown, via its website

Some states have looked at the Internet for future lottery growth.

Here’s a look at the video from the historic drawing:

Photo of line in unknown Arizona location, via Twitter.

 
 
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