3 Winning Powerball numbers sold; $1M, $2M tickets sold in AZ
Shortly after the drawing, the California Lottery tweeted that a jackpot-winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, which is about 25 miles northeast of Anaheim. A California Lottery official later said winning tickets were also sold in Tennessee and Florida.
Powerball.com confirmed early Thursday morning that jackpot-winning tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee. The website also said there were tickets worth $2 million (Match 5 with Power Play) and $1 million (Match 5) sold in Arizona.
According to Powerball.com, there were more than 26 million winners in Wednsday's drawing, and non-jackpot prizes totaled nearly $274 million.
Powerball fever swept the nation this week as the estimated jackpot rose to an unprecedented $1.5 billion. The cash value of the record prize is $930 million.
To say that ticket sales have been brisk is an understatement of epic proportions. Sellers say that rather than buying tickets in twos and threes, people were buying them by the hundreds.
The pot has rolled over for 19 draws.
To win the jackpot, players must match all six numbers -- the five white balls plus the red Powerball. Odds of doing that are slim to say the least -- 1 in 292.2 million.
In addition to the jackpot, there are eight other prize levels in Powerball, ranging from $4 to a cool $1 million.
- 5 numbers: $1,000,000
- 4 numbers + Powerball: $50,000
- 4 numbers: $100
- 3 numbers + Powerball: $100
- 3 numbers: $7
- 2 numbers + Powerball: $7
- 1 number + Powerball: $4
- Powerball only: $4
The Powerball jackpot resets to $40 million ($24.8 million cash value) for Saturday's drawing.
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