UPDATE: 2:01 a.m EST -- A spokesman for the California Lottery told the Associated Press that winning Powerball tickets have also been sold in Tennessee and Florida. The identities of the winners are yet to be revealed.
UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. EST -- California Lottery officials said a jackpot winning ticket had been sold in Chino Hills, but results from other states were not yet known, Fox News tweeted.
California Lottery officials also said the state had sold 12 tickets that matched five of the six winning numbers.
The winning numbers of the historic, record-breaking Powerball jackpot were drawn Wednesday promptly at 10:59 p.m. EST. The jackpot was an estimated $1.5 billion as of Wednesday evening, with a cash option of $930 million. Ticketholders can check online here for the winning numbers.
Wednesday's winning numbers were 8, 27, 34, 4, 19 with a Powerball number of 10.
The jackpot began Nov. 7, after the last time a player drew the winning combination, at $40 million and has grown to a record-breaking figure after 19 consecutive drawings did not yield winning tickets, ABC News reported. Lottery players had a 1 in 292 million chance of having the winning ticket, and if no one wins Wednesday, the prize for Saturday’s drawing could reach up to $2 billion.
To win the grand prize, ticketholders must have all five numbers on the white balls, in any order, along with the red Powerball number. Tickets with other matching numbers are eligible for prizes of $7, $100, $50,000 or $1 million, and having just a matching Powerball number yields an award of $4. Players have reportedly spent an estimated $2.6 billion on tickets, which cost $2 or $3 apiece, since the last jackpot was claimed.
“We continued to see very strong sales throughout the day on Tuesday and expect to see the same today,” said Gary Grief, chairman of the Powerball game and executive director of the Texas Lottery, the New York Post reported. “Sales for this jackpot roll alone have now generated more than $1 billion for the important causes supported by lotteries across the country, including public education, scholarships, the environment, veterans programs and senior citizens.”
The largest Powerball prize ever won in the U.S., $590.5 million, was awarded to a single winner in Florida in May 2013. The game is played across 44 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It is legal for tourists and non-U.S. residents to play the U.S. lottery.