• 2 tickets strike gold in record Powerball jackpot


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Missouri Lottery officials verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but Thursday, that ticket holder and another in Arizona remained a mystery.

    The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

    It was not clear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or groups. The winning ticket in Arizona was a $10 quick pick.

    Lottery officials had some advice for the lucky ticket-holders Thursday: "If you are the winner we ask you to take the following steps -- sign your ticket, it's so important to get that ticket signed, of course keep the ticket safe."

    The second winning ticket was sold at a truck stop in Dearborn, Mo., 35 miles north of Kansas City.

    Norman Lingle, chairman of Powerball's board of directors, said the winners have two options -- take the cash immediately or spread it out in payments over time.

    The jackpot rolled over 16 times without a winner.

    Nearly nine million ticket-holders won smaller prizes. If you matched five out of six winning numbers you'd share in a prize totaling more than $130 million. In Florida there was at least one million-dollar ticket sold and another worth $2 million.

    In just one hour Wednesday night, $4.6 million in tickets were sold at a rate of 36,000 per minute in Florida.

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