2 Winning Powerball Tickets Sold

Winning numbers: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 29, 2012 5:06 AM CST | Updated Nov 29, 2012 7:52 AM CST

(Newser) – If you didn't buy a Powerball ticket in Arizona or Missouri then you're definitely waking up the same poor ol' sap you went to bed as. Powerball officials this morning announced that a winning ticket was sold in each of those states. The numbers drawn last night were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and Powerball of 6. A ticket-buying frenzy (130,000 sold per minute nationwide) jacked the total pot up to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option (which is the way to go) $379.8 million.

So now begins Phase II of Powerball Watch: waiting for the winners to emerge. The AP reports that it's not clear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or were purchased by groups. Arizona lottery officials said they had no information on that state's winner or winners, but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later today. Lottery officials in Missouri did not immediately respond to phone messages and emails seeking comment.

Powerball on-air talent Sam Arlen, right, is given a countdown before the start of the drawing at the Florida Lottery on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. The numbers drawn in the $579.9-million...   (Phil Sears)
Convenience store clerk Woody Amlak inserts customer Javon Lee's Powerball numbers into a machine in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Lee, a manager of a local McDonald's restaurant who was playing...   (Patrick Semansky)
Donna Fields picks her Powerball numbers in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Fields picked two sets of numbers off the top of her head and two easy picks in tonight's Powerball total with an estimated...   (Paul Sancya)
Benita Lewis, 41, of Atlanta, right, buys a Powerball lottery ticket from store worker Bryant Kim, at a convenience store, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Atlanta. "I did feel nervous buying it like I could...   (David Goldman)
Norn Phneo sells Powerball tickets to Billy Fulginiti, of Philadelphia for himself and his coworkers, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Philadelphia.   (Matt Rourke)
Sharon Long double checks her Powerball numbers as she stands in line in a convenience store in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Long, a customer service representative for a plumbing company, picked...   (Patrick Semansky)
As he hands over a customer's lottery ticket, Keith Ganatra, right, and his wife Anita Ganatra, left, owners of the Del Monte Market, help the long line of customers inside their store waiting to buy...   (Ross D. Franklin)
Powerball numbers are chosen in the drawing at the Florida Lottery on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. The numbers drawn in the $579.9-million game were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball...   (Phil Sears)
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