$2M Powerball ticket sold in Wheat Ridge

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  • $2M Powerball ticket sold in Wheat Ridge at this Diamond Shamrock (CREDIT: Byron Reed/9NEWS)
    

The $2-million winning ticket was sold at a Diamond Shamrock in Wheat Ridge, Colo. The purchaser of that ticket is unknown at this time.

The numbers drawn Wednesday night are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball is 6.

It was not clear whether the winning tickets in Missouri and Arizona belonged to individuals or were purchased by groups. Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold Thursday morning. Lottery officials in Missouri did not immediately respond to phone messages and emails seeking comment.

Americans went on a ticket-buying spree in the run-up to Wednesday's drawing, 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.

Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide - about six times the volume from a week ago. That pushed the jackpot even higher, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.

The jackpot had already rolled over 16 consecutive times without a winner, but Powerball officials said Wednesday they believed there was a 75 percent chance the winning combination would be drawn this time.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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