The owners of the two winning tickets in the U.S. Powerball lottery will share $587.5 million, according to figures provided Thursday by the Multi-State Lottery Association.
The winning tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri.
The winners each selected all six numbers, which were 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and the Powerball number 6.
Nearly 9 million other players won smaller prizes by guessing other combinations of the first five numbers.
Nobody has won the Powerball lottery since Oct. 6 and the jackpot has steadily grown since then to become the second-largest in U.S. history, only exceeded by the $656 million won in the Mega Millions lottery in March.
In recent days, since the jackpot had gotten so large, ticket sales had shot up and on Wednesday people stood in long lines all over the country waiting to buy their Powerball tickets.
The Powerball lottery is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Powerball jackpot may be received in annual payments over 30 years or in one lump sum. If the winners choose the lump sum payment, they will share $385 million after taxes.
Approximately 80 percent of the people who buy tickets in this lottery do not select their numbers themselves but rather simply take the numbers randomly generated by computer when they make their purchase. EFE