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$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot goes to 3 winners

14 January 2016, 20:01

Los Angeles - An unprecedented Powerball jackpot whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination will be split three ways.

The winners' identities remain a mystery, but they bought their tickets in Florida, Tennessee and a Los Angeles suburb.

The winners of the world-record jackpot overcame odds of 1 in 292.2 million to land on the numbers drawn Wednesday night, 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10. They can take the winnings in annual payments spread over decades or a smaller amount in a lump sum.

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The California ticket was sold at a convenience store in Chino Hills, California, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso told The Associated Press. The winning ticket in Tennessee was sold in Munford, north of Memphis, according to a news release from lottery officials in that state.

The California store immediately became a popular gathering spot. Hundreds of people cheered for TV cameras as if it were New Year's Eve or a sporting event.

Some took selfies with the store clerk on duty, who became an instant celebrity.

"I'm very proud that the ticket was sold here," the clerk, M. Faroqui, told the local newspaper, the San Bernardino Sun. "I'm very happy. This is very exciting."

The 7-Eleven will get a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket, Traverso said.

No details were immediately available about the Florida winner.

The estimated jackpot amounts had risen steadily since Nov. 4, when it was reset at $40 million. Texas Lottery executive director Gary Grief has said this Powerball offered "absolutely" the world's biggest jackpot.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

But some of the biggest Powerball sales have come from cities bordering states that don't sell the tickets, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.

- AP


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