Powerball Results November 2012: Who Won The Jackpot? [VIDEO]
The winning Powerball numbers were drawn last night at 10:59 p.m., and two lucky winners will split more than $587 million.
The fortunate duo? One customer in Arizona and one in Missouri. Missouri Lottery official Susan Goedde confirmed this morning that one of the winning tickets was bought there. Officials plan to announce the town and purchase location later today.
Arizona lottery officials also announced that a lottery hopeful won big in their state. They will release more information on the purchase at a news conference on Thursday.
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Whether down on their luck or hoping to add to their bank accounts, millions of U.S. residents descended on newspaper stands and convenience stores around the country yesterday with the dream of putting the recession behind them.
The record number of buyers sent the jackpot soaring to a whopping $587.5 million, the largest in Powerball history. The winners will split the jackpot, each raking in $293.75 million. It is not yet clear whether the winners opted for cash payouts (or lump sum). If they did, they would receive $192.5 million each. Not bad for one trip to the register.
From 10:55 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. EST, millions of dreamy Americans logged on to the Powerball livestream site to see if they won. But within moments, plans of second homes and fancy cars were shattered when the winning numbers were announced: 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29. The Powerball was 6.
It's hard to imagine how six numbers drawn with tiny dots could so captivate a country for 24 hours. The odds of hitting all six numbers in Wednesday night's jackpot were 1 in 175,223,510. So why would people plunk down their hard-earned cash for odds that defy any logic or rational thinking?
The answer, of course, is a dreamy mix of reality and fantasy. The reality is that 8,924,123 players did win smaller prizes, according to Powerball's website. The fantasy? Well, you know the answer to that.
"There were 58 winners of $1 million and there were eight winners of $2 million. So a total of $74 million," said Chuck Strutt, Director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
After millions of people had their hopes dashed last night, they wondered whether they should have changed their numbers or purchase location. Would different choices have made a difference?
Missouri has been home to 27 wins, ranking it second in the nation for lottery winners after Indiana with 38 wins. Arizona has had 10 Powerball jackpot wins in its history. But the reality is that no number or location has a better chance of winning. The reason? That little pesky thing called luck.
Playing Monopoly? Each time you roll the dice it's as if it's a new game. At the Baccarat table in Vegas? Yep, sorry, same story.
But, in part, that's what fuels sales. The hope that this time will be different.
Players bought tickets at a rate of 131,000 customers per minute until 11:00 p.m. ET, according to lottery officials. And they will again on Saturday - because each time you play you have another shot at that dream vacation that is just one plane ticket away.
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