JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The winning ticket to Wednesday night’s record-breaking Powerball drawing was sold in the Kansas City region, state lottery officials announced.
The exact location was expected to be released later Thursday.
The ticket will split an estimated jackpot of $579.9 million. A second winning ticket was sold in Arizona.
The winning numbers were: 5-23-16-22-29 and Powerball 6.
“It is so exciting to sell one of these Powerball tickets,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “In addition, we sold two tickets that matched all five white balls, which means they each win $1 million. Three millionaires in one night is a wonderful night!”
Missouri's $1 million winning tickets were sold at: Sunfresh, 2415 N.E. Vivion Road in Kansas City, and Casey’s General Store, 4800 S. Rangeline in Joplin.
Six other Missouri tickets won prizes of $10,000, including one purchased at the CVS in Raytown, 9005 E 350 Highway, a Missouri Lottery spokesperson said.
The holder of the winning ticket bought in Missouri becomes the state’s 27th Powerball jackpot winner. That ranks second in the nation in jackpot wins, behind only Indiana.
At about $289.55 million, the split jackpot looks to be the largest ever in the Show-Me State, eclipsing the $258.5 million won by Marshall resident Christopher Shaw on the April 21, 2010 drawing.
The cash payout on Missouri’s half of the jackpot would be about $189.8 million before taxes. The lottery withholds 25% federal tax and 4% state tax in Missouri, according to the state’s official lottery website. That would make the lump-sum cash payout about $134,829,000.
State lottery officials urge winners to sign the back of the ticket and take their time getting things in order.
“We want winners to take their time and think through this clearly,” Reardon said. “We don’t want them to feel rushed.”
Wednesday’s total jackpot of nearly $580 million was the second largest in U.S. lottery history. The Mega Millions drawing on March 20, 2012 split a jackpot of $656 million between three winners in Kansas, Maryland and Illinois.
Including the two sold in Missouri, 56 other hit the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball, resulting in a prize of $1 million. Another eight tickets won $2 million by hitting the first five and playing the Power Play for an additional $1.
The Missouri Lottery allows 180 days for the Powerball winner to come forward. A choice of lump-sum payout or annuity payments over 29 years must be made within 60 days or the jackpot prize will be awarded by annuity.
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