Winning Powerball tickets sold in California, Tennessee and Florida
The winning numbers to claim the $1.5 billion US Powerball prize were 8, 27, 34, 4 and 19 with the Powerball number being 10.
One winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, California, said Alex Traverso, a spokesman for that state’s lottery.
Traverso confirmed winning Powerball tickets have also been sold in Tennessee and Florida.
The winning ticket in Tennessee was sold in Munford, north of Memphis, according to a news release from lottery officials in that state.
The 7-Eleven will get a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket, Traverso said.
WATCH: Residents flock to store where winning Powerball ticket sold
The store and its surrounding strip mall immediately became a wildly popular gathering spot in the usually quiet Los Angeles County suburb. Dozens of people from TV news crews to gawkers crowded the store and spilled into its parking lot.
So who won the Powerball lottery? None of the winners’ identities have yet been revealed.
It could take several hours before officials know whether any winning tickets were sold elsewhere.
Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, said they expected more than 85 per cent of the possible number combinations would have been bought for the drawing.
The total for the next drawing has yet to be announced but would have risen to $2 billion US if there were no winners.
Powerball players have spent an estimated $2.6 billion on tickets since the last jackpot was claimed in early November.
Tickets were selling at a crazy pace in Texas as there were $16,340,684 US in sales in the Lone Star State in just two hours.
Florida was also seeing brisk sales totals as the state was seeing 53,000 tickets sold every minute on Wednesday.
If the winning total were to be paid out in American singles, it would cover 9.7 square kilometres and weigh in at around 1,496,855 kilograms.
While no one won Saturday’s draw, a staggering number of prizes and booty was awarded. Over 18 million tickets were winners which were worth nearly $160 million.
People were even trying to get lucky on Google as the search site saw a surge in traffic with viewers using the term “lucky numbers” at a frequent rate.
With files from the Associated Press
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