2 winners in Powerball drawing

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Powerball officials say the record jackpot has been won. Early Thursday morning officials confirmed that two winning tickets were sold: One in Arizona and one in Missouri. An additional 8,924,123 players won smaller prizes. The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

The Arizona Lottery says that at 10 a.m. MST Thursday it will release retailer’s location where the winning ticket was purchased in Arizona. However, the lottery says “no information about the winner will be available at this time” because no one has come forward yet.

A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million. The drawing Wednesday night for the Multi-State Lottery Association’s prize followed 16 consecutive drawings that produced no top winner, boosting the Powerball to the second-largest potential lottery payout in U.S. history. Tickets earlier Wednesday were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide, the jackpot enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery.