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Largest Lottery jackpot winner

By AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Saturday's jackpot is a record $590.5 million
  • Powerball is played in 43 states and the District of Columbia
  • Largest jackpot was $656 million in Mega Millions game in 2012

(CNN) - The million-dollar questions have been answered. What are the Powerball numbers, and have any winning tickets been sold?

Lottery officials released the winning numbers for the largest multistate Powerball jackpot: 22, 10, 13, 14, 52, and the Powerball number is 11.

One winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida, according to David Bishop, deputy secretary of the Florida lottery.

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The jackpot has a cash value of 6.9 million.

"I buy mine here all the time. Yesterday, I was in Naples. I bought it in Naples, That's just my luck, " Butch Gonzalez, a regular lottery player, told CNN affiliate Bay News 9 outside the Publix in Zephyrhills.

"I just hope whoever won really needs the money, and I hope they do right by it, " he said.

The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was 6 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split among three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

If there had been no winner in Saturday's Powerball, the jackpot would have shot up to 5 million for Wednesday's drawing, according to Kelly Cripe, spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery, which is part of the Powerball game.

Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175, 223, 510.

Hate to break it to you, but you stand a better chance of walking onto the golf course and hitting two consecutive holes in one than winning the jackpot.

But that didn't stop hundreds from driving to the Trex Mart in Dearborn, Missouri, where one of two winning tickets was sold in last year's $587 million Powerball drawing.

About 100 people an hour were buying tickets at the store.

At a convenience store in Riverside, Missouri, Jim Mansell said he was buying only one ticket.

In Florida, winners must claim prizes at a state lottery retailer or lottery district office on or before the 180th day after the drawing. Any Powerball retailer in the state can validate a winning ticket.

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Popular Q&A

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Why is it that majority of jackpot winners in lottery are Elderly people?

Every lottery winner who has ever won has only bought 1 line! Buy only one line and put all your faith into them six numbers! To my calculations the next lottery numbers will be:
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Which NZ lotteries have the largest jackpots?

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