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Winning tickets in Wednesday's giant Powerball jackpot were sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas, lottery officials announced early Thursday.
Officials did not yet know in which cities the winning tickets for the $564.1 million jackpot had been sold.
Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, says the Puerto Rico ticket was the first Powerball jackpot winner ever sold outside the continental United States. Puerto Rico joined Powerball less than a year ago.
The winning numbers were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball number was 19.
The jackpot estimate, fattened by a drought that has seen no winner since Nov. 29, was raised to $500 million hours before the drawing and then to $564 following the drawing. It's the third-largest Powerball prize ever and the fifth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
If the winners choose to take the lump sum option, the three would split $381,138,450.16 before taxes.
In Tampa, Ben Taran and Dave Baker decided to try their luck at the Carrollwood Market, where a $50 million ticket once was sold. The duo took up a collection at Carrollwood Country Club and arrived with a fistful of cash — $222, to be exact.
"They took out their wallets immediately," Baker said of his co-workers. "They were in and they were more than happy to be a part of it."
Baker and Taran aren't thinking too big — their goals include paying off student loans and riding on a party bus. But they also understand the risk of getting the "fever" for gambling.
"You got that fever, it never goes away," Taran said.
The last drawing took place Saturday, when the jackpot was a cool $380 million. That was enough to form long lines at many outlets in the final hours of ticket sales. Rick Dennison stood in one of them at a Shell gas station in Brook Park, Ohio.
"It's getting really up there," the hopeful Dennison said. "You know how much I can do with that kind of money? There would be no homeless people left in Cleveland. There would be no hungry people left in Cleveland."
The two biggest Powerball jackpots: In May 2013, Gloria Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla, won $590.5 million. And in November 2012, Matthew Good of Phoenix and Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn, Mo., split a $587.5 million prize.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. If you live in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada or Utah you are out of luck — those states don't participate. Or maybe residents there are the lucky ones — the chances of winning with a $2 ticket are about 1 in 175 million.
—Contributing: Charles Billi, WTSP-TV, Tampa; Wale Aliyu, WKYC-TV, Cleveland; The Associated Press