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.