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2 Winners for Record $580M Powerball Jackpot

1:49 AM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP, WLTX) - Powerball officials say the record jackpot has been won.
 
Early Thursday morning officials confirmed that two winning tickets were sold: One in Arizona and one in Missouri. An additional 8,924,123 players won smaller prizes.
 
The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.
 
A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million.
 
The drawing Wednesday night for the Multi-State Lottery Association's prize followed 16 consecutive drawings that produced no top winner, boosting the Powerball to the second-largest potential lottery payout in U.S. history.
 
Tickets earlier Wednesday were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide, the jackpot enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery.

South Carolina Education Lottery Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea said someone in South Carolina did win $2 million, and two others won $1 million.

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