An historic Powerball jackpot run culminated last night with a $587.5 million win that will be split between the owners of two winning tickets, one sold in Missouri and the other in Arizona.
In Tennessee, the drawing created 190,592 winning tickets of secondary prizes, including two worth a whopping $1 million each sold in Nashville and Brentwood. Tennessee players purchased $30.75 million in Powerball tickets during the entire run, which began on Oct. 6, with more than $9 million of that activity on Wednesday alone. Lottery officials estimate that the entire run generated more than $12.98 million for education programs in the state.
“What a great experience!” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “Not only does the game create excitement for the entire country, but it also benefits thousands upon thousands of students in Tennessee. We are looking forward to meeting our two newest millionaires!”
No information about the $1 million winners is available until the prizes are claimed.
With these two most recent million-dollar winners, the Tennessee Lottery has now seen 98 winning tickets of $1 million or more from all its games since inception of the Lottery in 2004.
After 16 consecutive drawings, the final Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing was $587.5 million. The advertised amount of $550 million—increased twice over four days—was boosted due to skyrocketing sales throughout the nation that continued right up until the last minute tickets were available. The previous record jackpot for the popular drawing-style game was $365 million, won in 2006 by a group of ConAgra Foods Workers in Lincoln, Nebraska. The biggest U.S. payout was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot hit in March 2012 and shared by three winning tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.
Powerball is played in 44 lottery jurisdictions (42 states plus Washington DC and US Virgin Islands).