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November 29, 2012

$588M Powerball jackpot tickets sold in Ariz., Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two lucky ticket holders — one in Arizona and another in Missouri — are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing ever.

Powerball officials said two tickets matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot. The numbers drawn for Wednesday night, for the second-highest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball is 6.

It was not clear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or were purchased by groups.

Four tickets sold in Massachusetts came just one number shy of sharing the jackpot, which was a record-high in Powerball’s 20-year history. Each still won $1 million for matching the first five numbers drawn, but missing out on the Power Ball. Those tickets were sold at: Galaxy Newsstand, 385 Southbridge St., Auburn; City Convenience, 23 Beacon St., Boston; 7-Eleven, 1306 Washington St., Boston (South End); and, Tedeschi No. 153, 268 Union St., Rockland. There were also 16 tickets sold in Massachusetts that matched four numbers, plus the Powerball, to win $10,000 each and over 297,000 tickets winning prizes ranging from $100 to $4 that totaled $1,772,700.

One of the jackpot winning tickets was sold at a Trex Mart convenience store in Dearborn, Mo., about 35 miles north of Kansas City, the state lottery commission said in a news release.

Earlier Thursday, Missouri Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder said he was on his way to that store to assist with the expected onslaught of media attention. That store will be awarded $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

"I guess we'll be able to give out Christmas bonuses," said Trex Mart General Manager Kenny Gilbert. "That's nice, especially at this time of year."

It did not appear Wednesday's big winner had yet come forward.

"If you buy Powerball tickets at this location, please find them and check them closely," said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "If you find you're holding the winning ticket, be sure you sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to a Missouri Lottery office. You will also want to get some legal and financial advice before you claim."

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