Puerto Rico Claims Winning Ticket in $564M Powerball Drawing

PHOTO: A Powerball ticket sits in the tray dispenser after being printed out for a customer at Fuel City in Dallas, Feb. 10, 2015.PlayTony Gutierrez/AP Photo
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Puerto Rico claimed one of the three winning tickets to Wednesday’s $564 million Powerball drawing, the U.S. territory's first Powerball victory.

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Puerto Rico only added the drawing in October.

Beyond the buzz generated by potential jackpot winnings, Powerball is also seen as a way for Puerto Rico to draw additional funds.

While Puerto Rico had never won the Powerball before Wednesday’s drawing, the Isle of Enchantment has featured an official lottery system – the Loteria de Puerto Rico – since 1934, decades before similar lottery systems were established in various states.

The Multi-State Lottery Association operates the Powerball in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.