The winning $564 Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Puerto Rico is the first jackpot winner ever sold outside of the continental United States, according to senior drawing manager of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Sue Dooley.
Puerto Rico only joined the Powerball lottery within the past year.
The winning ticket in Puerto Rico was one of three winning tickets sold in Wednesday’s massive $564.1 million jackpot. The other two tickets were sold in North Carolina and Texas.
Should they choose to take the lump sum instead of the 30-year payout, the three winners would split a total of $381,138,450.16 before taxes, according to USA Today.
Just which cities the winning tickets were sold in have yet to be announced as reports indicated that officials weren’t yet aware of which cities they were sold in.
Wednesday’s drawing marks the fifth largest in the history of the United States and the third largest in Powerball history.
One ticket in Wednesday’s drawing matched all of the number except for the Powerball; it also missed the Power Play. The ticket is worth an estimated $2 million, NBC Bay Area reported.
A total of 33 tickets which matched all but the Powerball number were sold in addition to the three jackpot winners. Each of the 33 tickets holds an estimated value of $1 million. The tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The winning numbers in last night’s drawing were 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball number was 19. In order to win the jackpot, all of the numbers must be matched. The white balls constitute the regular numbers and the red ball denotes the Powerball number in the multimillion dollar lottery.
Daily Mail reported that the game’s biggest jackpot ever awarded by the Multi-State Lottery Association was $590.5 million. The entire sum was awarded to the holder of a single winning ticket.
What would you do with your share of the $564 million prize pool if you were one of the three jackpot winners in the latest Powerball drawing?