An historic Powerball jackpot run culminated Wednesday night, Nov. 28, 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).
About the Tennessee Education Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $5.3 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs.
Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $2.47 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $5.6 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $615 million in retailer commissions.
For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com. To see a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit, visit www.seehowitaddsup.com.
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