|Sole Winning Ticket for $400M Powerball Jackpot Sold in S.C.|
|By ANTHONY CASTELLANO (@AntCastellano) and ALYSSA NEWCOMB (@AlyssaNewcomb)||Sep 19, 2013, 12:58 AM|
A single winning Powerball ticket worth an estimated $400 million -- one of the largest jackpots ever in the game -- was sold at a South Carolina gas station, lottery officials said today.
The winning ticket was purchased at a Murphy Express gas station on Augusta Road in Lexington, S.C.
No one has come forward yet to claim the ticket, but Paula Harper Bethea, executive director of the South Carolina Educational Lottery, said she hopes the winner is from the state.
"We love our guests," she said, "but we really hope this one is homegrown for lots of reasons."
The winning numbers are 7, 10, 22, 32, 35 and Powerball 19.
If the lucky ticket holder decides to take the lump sum instead of a 29-year annuity, Bethea said they'll receive a $223 million pay day.
"I can't tell you what it feels like to know someone has been that fortunate and that lucky," she said, calling the win a "wonderful shot in the arm for our state."
There were two Match 5 winners from Florida and Pennsylvania, who will each win a cool $2 million and six additional $1 million winners. Wednesday night's drawing for the $400 million jackpot is believed to be the fifth largest in U.S. history.
The $656 million Mega Millions ticket sold in March 2012 still stands as the largest jackpot of all time.
The odds of matching all six numbers are about 1 in 175 million, according to the game's website. That means you're 25 times more likely to win an Academy Award.
Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Fla., was named the winner of the largest Powerball jackpot in history. Mackenzie won the $590 million Powerball bonanza in May after she bought her ticket at a Publix Supermarket. The second-largest grand prize of $587 million was split by two ticketholders from Arizona and Missouri in November.
Powerball ticket prices doubled from $1 to $2 in January 2012, accounting for the swelling jackpots and tons of media attention.
Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.