Just minutes ago, lottery officials confirmed that two winning tickets were sold, one in Arizona and one in Missouri. An additional 8,924,123 players won smaller prizes.The winning numbers are 5-16-22-23-29, and 6 for the Powerball.
According to MSN, the drawing Wednesday night for the Multi-State Lottery Association's prize followed 16 consecutive drawings that produced no top winner, boosting the Powerball to the second-largest potential lottery payout in U.S. history.
Tickets were selling at an average of 130,000 a minute across the United States in the hours before the drawing. That means players were buying 7.8 million tickets an hour, spending $15.6 million an hour for a chance at the huge jackpot.
Better luck next time, right?
But don't throw your ticket away just yet without checking it - almost 9 million players won smaller prizes.