Powerball Jackpot Will Be Split 3 Ways

Winning tickets sold in 3 states
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2016 12:31 AM CST
Updated Jan 14, 2016 6:09 AM CST
Powerball Winner Was Sold in LA Suburb
A 7-Eleven store clerk celebrates with customers after learning the store sold a winning Powerball ticket on Wednesday in Chino Hills, Calif.   (Will Lester/The Sun via AP)

The world's biggest lotto jackpot will be split three ways. A California Lottery spokesman told the AP early Thursday that three winning tickets in the record $1.586 billion Powerball drawing represent all the grand-prize winners, and no more will be forthcoming. The winning numbers were 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10. One winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, Calif., and the other two were in Florida (sold at a Publix in Melbourne Beach) and Tennessee (in Munford, north of Memphis, per a press release). No word yet on the identities of the winners, who will get $528.8 million each, minus Uncle Sam's hefty share, reports NBC News. The jackpot had "rolled over" 20 times since Nov. 7, the network notes.

In Chino Hills, the store and its surrounding strip mall immediately became a wildly popular gathering spot in the usually quiet Los Angeles suburb. TV footage showed hundreds of people, from news crews to gawkers, crowding the store and spilling into its parking lot. Many chanted, "Chino Hills! Chino Hills!" in celebration of their city. Some took selfies with the store clerk on duty. The 7-Eleven will get a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket, a lottery spokesman says. As for how much America spent on Powerball tickets, Tuesday's sales alone exceeded $326 million, and Wednesday's were expected to have been nearly double that ... plus all the other sales made since the Nov. 7 pot debuted. (Workers at a New Jersey restaurant spent 20 minutes thinking they had won the jackpot.)

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