Three winners to split $564.1 Powerball jackpot
Chandra Siwakoti has had a brush with a very, very rich person.
Siwakoti owns the Appletree Food Mart in tiny Princeton, Texas, population 7,700. One of the three winning tickets that will split Wednesday night’s $564.1 million jackpot was sold at Siwakoti’s store, Texas lottery officials said Thursday.
“Are you serious? Which one? Powerball? Yesterday?!” Chandra Siwakoti told WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth when told of the news Thursday. “I cannot believe. It’s exciting!”
Winning jackpot tickets also were sold in North Carolina and Puerto Rico, lottery officials announced early Thursday.
Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said the Puerto Rico ticket was the first Powerball jackpot winner ever sold outside the continental United States. Puerto Rico joined Powerball less than a year ago.
The winning numbers were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball number was 19.
The jackpot estimate, fattened by a drought that has seen no winner since Nov. 29, was raised to $500 million hours before the drawing and then to $564.1 following the drawing. It’s the third-largest Powerball prize ever.
If the winners choose to take the lump sum option, the three would split $381,138,450.16 before taxes.
Long lines formed at Powerball outlets across the nation Wednesday in the hours before the drawing. In Tampa, Ben Taran and Dave Baker decided to try their luck at the Carrollwood Market, where a $50 million ticket once was sold. The duo took up a collection at Carrollwood Country Club and arrived with a fistful of cash — $222, to be exact.
“They took out their wallets immediately,” Baker said of his co-workers. “They were in and they were more than happy to be a part of it.”
The two biggest Powerball jackpots: In May 2013, Gloria Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla, won $590.5 million. And in November 2012, Matthew Good of Phoenix and Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn, Mo., split a $587.5 million prize.