Three tickets purchased in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas have matched all six numbers to win the Powerball jackpot, which is estimated to be worth $564 million. The tickets matched the winning numbers 25, 11, 54, 13 and 39, and the Powerball number, 19, despite experts estimating the odds for winning one of the largest purses in U.S. lottery history at 175 million-to-one.
The Texas Lottery reportedly said, according to ABC News, that one of the winning tickets was sold at an Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas. Immediate information was not available on where exactly the other two tickets were sold, the report added. The amount is the fifth largest prize in American history, and had been increasing over the past two months, from its starting amount of $40 million. The Powerball is played in 44 states, and Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The ticket from Puerto Rico, which joined the Powerball less than a year ago, is the first Powerball jackpot-winning ticket to be sold outside the continental U.S., The Associated Press (AP) reported, citing Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association. If the winners choose the bulk payout, then each of the three ticket holders will get a third of the winning share of $381,138,450.16 before taxes. If they pick the annuity option, the prize money would be paid out 30 times over 29 years.
The two biggest Powerball jackpot winners have been Gloria Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida, who won $590.5 million in May 2013, and in November 2012, Matthew Good of Phoenix, and Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn, Missouri, split a $587.5 million jackpot, USA Today reported. The largest payout in the U.S. -- $656 million -- was split by three winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in 2012, in the Mega Millions game, AP reported.