"The numbers have been drawn for the record Powerball jackpot and officials say winning tickets were purchased in Arizona and Missouri," reports the Associated Press.
The story says "A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million. Americans went on a ticket-buying spree in recent days, the big money enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery to purchase a shot at the second-largest payout in U.S. history."
The article continues, "Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide — about six times the volume from a week ago. That meant the jackpot could climb even higher before the Wednesday night drawing, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.The jackpot had already rolled over 16 consecutive times without a winner."
The story notes that in March the Mega Millions multi-state lottery reached a jackpot of $656 million, which remains the largest lottery payout of all time.Three winning tickets were sold for that payoff.
The winning numbers to the Nov. 28th, 2012 Powerball lottery were 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and a Powerball of 6.