There were two winning Powerball tickets sold for the biggest jackpot in Powerball history, $579.9 million. Connecticut is one of the 42 states that participate in the Powerball lottery.
The two winning tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri. The winning numbers, drawn Wednesday night, were 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.
It's still unclear this morning whether the winning tickets are held by individuals or groups. Lottery officials in Arizona had no information this morning on the winning ticket in that state, according to the Chicago Tribune. Lottery officials in Missouri could not be reached for comment, the paper reported.
If the winners are two individuals and choose the cash option payout on the Powerball prize, they would split $379.8 million.
Residents in Connecticut and across the country have rushed to buy Powerball tickets since Sunday, when it was announced that there was no winner in the previous drawing and that the jackpot in the 42-state lottery was expected to push up past $500 million. The prize lured even those who rarely, if ever, buy lottery tickets.
Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide — about six times the volume from a week ago, the Tribune reports.
Though the Powerball winners were not in Connecticut, there were two tickets sold in Connecticut for the $2 million Match 5 prize and the $1 million Match 5. No word yet on where the tickets were sold.