Powerball jackpot winning tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee on Wednesday night, splitting the record jackpot of $1.6 billion and promising many days of colorful stories about multiple new instant millionaires.
The winners matched the white ball numbers of 4, 8, 19, 27, 34, with the red Powerball 10, according to the Powerball website
The winning tickets leave at least three people to split the record-setting jackpot, reported Reuters
, and their identities are not yet known.
California Lottery officials confirmed that the winning six numbers had been purchased at a convenience store outside Los Angeles, as well as at locations in Florida and Tennessee.
Lottery officials said it could be several hours before it is known whether there are other winners in the 44 states, Washington, D.C. and two U.S. territories where Powerball is played.
The California Lottery announced on Twitter that one of the winning tickets was sold in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills.
A crowd showed up at the 7-Eleven convenience store in Chino Hills were the winning California ticket was sold, reported KTLA-TV
. NBC News
said people chanted "Chino Hills. Chino Hills" after the news broke.
The Tennessee Lottery announced its Powerball winning ticket was purchased in Tipton County, in suburban Memphis.
The Avondale Revocable Trust, of Tennessee, was listed as the winner of a $144.1 million prize on Nov. 4, according to the Powerball website.
The Florida Lottery confirmed the state had a winner on its Facebook page but did not reveal where the ticket was purchased.
Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission and chief of the Powerball Game said national Powerball sales on Tuesday surpassed $326 million and sales nationwide on Wednesday were predicted to top $600 million.
The odds of picking a winning combination were 1 in 292 million.
A ticket-buying frenzy was expected to reach a rate of $1.3 million per minute during the evening commuter rush hour, said Grief.
Powerball sales were "exponentially higher" than normal, he said. Since the jackpot was last hit on Nov. 4, 2015, a total of $2.65 billion worth of Powerball tickets had been sold.
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