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Powerball Winner Announced

By: Associated Press; Matt Galka; Rick Adams Email
By: Associated Press; Matt Galka; Rick Adams Email

Associated Press Release

By BRIAN SKOLOFF and MARIA SUDEKUM
Associated Press
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) -- Lottery officials say a 52-year-old mechanic from northwest Missouri holds one of the two tickets matching all six numbers in the record $588 million Powerball jackpot.

A Missouri Lottery news release says Mark S. Hill bought the winning ticket for himself and his wife, Cindy, at a gas station in Dearborn.

Another winning ticket was sold in the Phoenix area but that ticket holder has not come forward.

Dearborn is a town of about 500 located about 40 miles north of Kansas City.

The $587.5 million payout represents the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

AP-WF-11-30-12 1647GMT


Associated Press Release

DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) -- Lottery officials: Mechanic and his wife are Missouri winners of $588M Powerball jackpot .

AP-WF-11-30-12 1643GMT


Associated Press Release

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One of the two winning Powerball tickets for an estimated $587.5 million jackpot was sold in the Kansas City area.

Missouri Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder says the winner has not yet come forward Thursday to claim the record prize, but there is no rush. The winner has 180 days to do so.

Gonder says he is traveling to the store that sold the winning ticket to help with an expected onslaught of media attention. Missouri Lottery officials plan to announce the identity of the retailer later Thursday.

The other winning Powerball ticket was sold in Arizona.

The Missouri Lottery says two $1 million winning Powerball tickets were also sold in the state -- one in Joplin and the other in Kansas City.

AP-WF-11-29-12 1449GMT


Associated Press Release

By M. SPENCER GREEN and JIM COLE
Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) -- The richest Powerball jackpot ever -- and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history -- has been won. The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?

Powerball officials said early Thursday that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $579.9 million jackpot.

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. Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday morning they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day. Lottery officials in Missouri did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

AP-WF-11-29-12 0849GMT


WINNING POWERBALL NUMBERS:

5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and (POWERBALL) 6


The 550 million dollar prize is the largest in Powerball history.
People have been plopping down there two dollars all day long with hopes and dreams of winning the big prize tonight.

Five balls and one powerball is what can make some pretty big dreams a reality.

Lottery Officials say that there is about a 75 percent chance somebody will win the jackpot tonight.


Associated Press Release

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The record Powerball jackpot just keeps rising. It now stands at $550 million after officials say brisk sales keep driving up the payout amount.

The jackpot was boosted to $500 million on Tuesday and raised again Wednesday morning to $550 million.

A winner taking the cash option would get $360.2 million before taxes.

The numbers are an estimate and could be increased again as the drawing nears.

Powerball officials say they now believe there is a 75 percent chance that the winning combination of numbers will be drawn Wednesday night.

AP-WF-11-28-12 1730GMT


Tallahassee, FL - November 28, 2012 - Greenbacks, moolah, big ones. Whatever you call it, the powerball could be putting 500 million bucks into one lucky person's bank account.

At the Semionle Shell station in Tallahassee, owner Addiy Nabi says that the economic climate leads to people looking for a quick million.

"I think it's a reflection of people's hope. And without a stable job market, I think people are just putting their faith in luck's hands. Because that's basically what it is," said Nabi.

Violet Mileva feels that luck is on her side, and maybe thinks she has an edge on the other folks filling out the numbers

"I have this fortune cookie thing (laughs)...I found this in my car and thought that it showed me the way to go buy a powerball ticket," said Mileva.

Even with the potential to win a check with a whole bunch of zeros on it, Nabi isn't sold.

"it's a lot of money but I think I have a better chance of getting struck by lightning...that's what they told me anyway (laughs)"

It should be noted that the odds of winning the Powerball are 175 million to one.


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