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Two tickets matching the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot were drawn Wednesday – one from the Kansas City area and another from Arizona. The winning numbers: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and the Powerball: 6.
The Missouri Lottery Commission said Thursday the jackpot victory marks the state’s 27th, second all-time to Indiana’s 38 winners.
Spokesperson Susan Goedde says, “Powerball sales in Missouri for this jackpot run, and that started October 3 when it was last hit, sales were more than $28.8 million. And out of that, approximately $10.7 million will benefit public education.”
In addition, two tickets sold in the state matched all five white balls, winnings of $1 million apiece.
Goedde says the Missouri winner has 180 days to claim the prize, and can select to receive the jackpot in 30 payments over 29 years or in one lump-sum payment.
There were 16 consecutive winless Powerball drawings before Wednesday’s dual victory. Tickets Wednesday were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide, helping boost the already record jackpot.
KSMU's Samuel Crowe spoke with a couple anxious Missourians ahead of the drawing.
The last jackpot victory to come from Missouri was April 21, 2010, when a Marshall man won $258.5 million. Prior to Wednesday’s victory, the Show-Me State had produced roughly $1.5 billion from Powerball jackpot winnings.