The Latest: Winning tickets also sold in Tennessee, Florida
The Associated Press
Jan. 14, 2016
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest on Wednesday's Powerball drawing (all times local):
A spokesman for the California Lottery says winning Powerball tickets have also been sold in Tennessee and Florida.
Spokesman Alex Traverso confirmed the winners for The Associated Press early Thursday in the $1.5 billion drawing.
That brings the total of winners to at least three after an earlier winning ticket was announced in Southern California.
Traverso had no further information on where the tickets in Tennessee and Florida were sold, and none of the winners' identities have yet been revealed.
Representatives for the Tennessee and Florida lotteries couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
A spokesman for the California Lottery says a winning Powerball ticket was sold at a store in suburban Los Angeles.
Spokesman Alex Traverso tells The Associated Press the jackpot-winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, about 25 miles northeast of Anaheim.
The identity of the winner is not yet known. It could take several hours before officials know whether any other winning tickets were sold elsewhere.
The odds to win were 1 in 292.2 million.
Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, had said they expected more than 85 percent of all the possible number combinations would have been bought for the drawing.
Had no one matched all of the numbers drawn — 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10— lottery officials said the next jackpot would have reached $2 billion.
This item has been updated to correct the spelling of the California Lottery spokesman's last name.
Lottery officials have announced the numbers drawn for Wednesday night's record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot.
It could take several hours before officials know if any tickets sold since last Saturday's drawing matched all six winning numbers drawn, which were 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10.
The odds of winning are 1 in 292.2 million.
Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, said they expected more than 85 percent of the possible number combinations would have been bought for the drawing.
If no tickets match all of the numbers drawn, lottery officials say the next jackpot could reach $2 billion.
Powerball is played in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
A lottery official says the estimated Powerball jackpot remains at $1.5 billion, still the largest lottery jackpot in the world.
Kelly Cripe of the Texas Lottery says 85.8 percent of possible number combinations have been selected ahead of the drawing scheduled for Wednesday evening.
The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.
The $1.5 billion prize would be paid in annual payments over 29 years or the winner could opt for a lump-sum payment of $930 million.
Cripe says if no one wins the jackpot Wednesday, the estimated jackpot for Saturday's drawing will increase to $2 billion, with a cash value of $1.24 billion.
The largest lottery jackpot in the world is up for grabs in the latest Powerball drawing.
The prize has climbed to an estimated $1.5 billion, easily surpassing all other lotteries. The jackpot estimate is reviewed daily, so it could increase before Wednesday night's drawing if ticket sales continue to exceed expectations.
The jackpot for the twice-weekly game started at $40 million on Nov. 4. No one has matched all six Powerball numbers since then, so the prize kept growing.
Lottery officials expect at least 80 percent of the 292.2 million number combinations will be purchased before the drawing.