Single winner for US $590.5m lottery jackpot

Sunday 19 May 2013 22.00
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A customer holds $140 worth of Powerball tickets
A customer holds $140 worth of Powerball tickets
A monitor at a petrol station in Maryland shows the likely lotto jackpot ahead of the draw
A monitor at a petrol station in Maryland shows the likely lotto jackpot ahead of the draw

A single winning ticket for a record US Powerball lottery jackpot worth $590.5 million (€454.7m) has been sold in Florida.

The winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a suburb of Tampa, according to the Florida Lottery.

The winning numbers from last night's draw were: 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball number of 11.

The odds of winning were put at one in 175 million.

A Florida Lottery spokeswoman said the winner or winners have yet to come forward.

The winning ticket holder's name will become part of the public record because a cheque will be made out to the winner.

However, that person or persons need not appear in public to acknowledge the prize, the spokeswoman said.

The grand prize, accumulated after two months of drawings, surpassed the previous record Powerball payoff of $587.5m set in November 2012.

The largest jackpot in US history stands at $656m, won in the Mega Millions lottery of March 2012.

That prize was split between winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, based in Iowa, announced the Powerball results in a brief message on its website, saying, "there was one winner sold by the Florida Lottery for the last drawing's $590,500,000 grand prize."

The extremely long odds of winning did not deter people from buying tickets at staggering rates.

California was selling $1m in tickets every hour yesterday, said a spokeswoman for the California Lottery, which has only been selling Powerball tickets since 8 April.

The $2 tickets allow players to pick five numbers from one to 59, and a Powerball number from one to 35.

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