The second-highest jackpot in US lottery history took place last night and the winning numbers were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball number was 6.
Two people, one in Missouri and the other in Arizona, are holding onto the winning tickets but neither has come forward. They have 180 days to claim their prize of $587.5 million.
Missouri Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder advises both winners to use the time wisely: Sign the back of the tickets, put them in a safe place, and seek financial advice before claiming their prizes.
The jackpot was such a historic event, people who have never bought lotto tickets before were shelling out cash to buy several. In fact, they were selling at a rate of 130,000 tickets a minute. That’s six times the normal volume and it pushed the jackpot even higher than yesterday’s estimated $500 million.
By splitting the jackpot in half, each winner would receive a $293.75 million payout over their lifetime. If they opt for a cash payout, they’ll walk away with a cool $192.5 million each. Not a bad return investment for a few bucks toward purchasing a ticket!
An additional 8,924,123 players won smaller prizes totally more than $74 million.
We wonder if any of them followed tips from 7-time lottery winner Richard Lustig?