Winning Powerball tickets sold in Arizona, Missouri, Maryland, Virginia
Updated: November 29, 2012 - 05:37 pm
(AP, ABC7) - 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.
Lottery officials said Thursday that the winning tickets matching all six numbers were sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix and a gas station just off an interstate highway in a small northwestern Missouri town
There were big winners in the D.C. area as well. Lottery officials say a ticket sold at Herb’s Deli and Spirits in Edgewood, Md. is worth $2 million.
On Thursday, the Maryland winner came forward to claim the $2 million prize. The Baltimore Sun identified the winner of the $2 million Powerball prize as Almerta Williams.
“I’m going to buy a new house and an 80-inch TV,” said Williams, who plans to continue working as a custodian. “I’ll also set aside money for my kids and grandkids, but I’m getting that TV!”
Four tickets were sold in Virginia - Arlington, Daleville, Harrisonburg and Richmond - worth $1 million each.
A stay-at-home mom bought the winning ticket in Daleville. It was the first time she bought a Powerball ticket.
Lottery officials say the winning Arlington ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store at 5267 Lee Highway.
“I feel very good, very good,” says the Arlington store's manager Anowar Hossain.
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.
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