The second largest Powerball in history

Laura Kristie, Staff Writer

On November 28, 2012 the second largest lottery jackpot was drawn in United States history. Americans went on a buying spree to buy their tickets. Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide which was six times more than the previous week. Powerball officials announced that two people matched the winning ticket.  The winning numbers were 5, 23, 16, 22, 29, and powerball 6. The two winners will be able to split the prize of 587.5 million.

The two lucky people who bought their tickets were from Arizona and Missouri. Susan Goedde, Missouri Lottery official, confirmed that the winning ticket was bought at a Trex Mart in Dearborn, about 30 miles away from Kansas City.  Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn won half the jackpot of 587.5 million. At a press conference the family received a check that said 293,750,000 but after taxes they will only receive 136.5 million.  “We were blessed before we ever won this,” Cindy Hill said. “We want to go back to China, Ireland of course, we’re Irish, and wherever the win takes us.” Hill’s son Jason said. “Well, I hope we all stay very grounded, stay humble and don’t forget who we are.”

In Arizona the owner of the winning ticket hasn’t came forward yet. The ticket was sold at a 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills. The winner has 180 days after the drawing to come and claim his or her prize.

Though they aren’t the only two big winners many other people won smaller prizes. In Indiana, a 34 year old electrician, Larry Chandler won 1 million dollars, thanks to his ticket that matched five of the six winning numbers. He bought his ticket at a Citgo station in Highland, Indiana. After taxes he received about 713,000 dollars out of all the prize money. Many others won the one million dollar prize as well. The winners were from 25 different states ranging from New Mexico to Massachusetts. In each state, lottery officials await winners to come forward to claim their prize in the second largest Powerball in history.