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2 Tickets Strike Gold in $579.9 Million Jackpot

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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.

Lottery officials say in addition to the two winning tickets there are more than 8,900 smaller prizes won. Seven tickets sold in Minnesota qualified as nice consolation prizes

State lottery officials say one ticket sold in Minnesota matched all five numbers but not the Powerball. That ticket is worth $1 million. Six other tickets matched four of the five numbers along with the Powerball. Each of those tickets is worth $10,000.

The large prize sent people out on a buying spree. The Powerball sold 130,000 tickets a minute over the past few days. The cash option pays out nearly $380 million dollars.

The next Powerball jackpot will be worth $40 million.

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