Raleigh, NC -- Big winners in the record Powerball jackpot drawing Wednesday included the owners of three lucky tickets that are worth $1 million each and education in North Carolina which will get a boost of an estimated $16 million this year.
In Wednesday's Powerball drawing, tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched the winning jackpot numbers to split the $587.5 million jackpot. In North Carolina, there were 269,916 winning tickets totaling $4.8 million in prizes for that drawing alone.
The three tickets worth $1 million beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million to match all five white balls. The lucky tickets were purchased at the Super Kmart Express on Huffman Mill Road in Burlington, the Circle K on Selwyn Avenue in Charlotte and the Kangaroo Express on U.S. 258 North in Kinston. The winners have 180 days to come to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim their prize.
Sales of Powerball tickets during the 16 drawings that occurred during the jackpot's climb to $587.5 million resulted in $44.3 million in sales for that game alone in North Carolina. From those sales, an estimated $16.8 million will go to education programs in North Carolina.
Those sales also boosted the local economy as lottery retailers recorded $3.1 million in lottery commissions.
Fourteen other tickets sold in the state matched the numbers on four of the five white balls plus the number on the Powerball and are worth $10,000 each.
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