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May 18, 2013

$1M Powerball winner a mystery as record drawing nears

Powerball: Tonight's jackpot soars to record high of $600M


Gerry Blight, who works at the Andover Post Office, Bought just one $2 Powerball ticket — using the birthdates of family members for his six numbers. He also contributed $10 to a pool at work.

But he wasn’t expecting to win.

“I’m really just contributing to the lucky person who’s going to win,” he said.

Tonight’s jackpot exceeds the previous Powerball record give-away of $587.5 million, which was won by two people in November, Bresnahan said. Those tickets were purchased in Arizona and Missouri.

It is expected that Massachusetts Lottery retailers will be selling as much as $24,000 in Powerball tickets a minute during peak hours leading up to tonight’s drawing. As of 12:30 p.m. yesterday, Powerball tickets in Massachusetts were selling at a rate of approximately $6,000 per minute.

Tonight’s jackpot has been growing for 13 consecutive drawings since March 30 without a top prize winner and has been increased twice since Wednesday night’s drawing following a nationwide ticket-buying frenzy.

The odds of winning a $1 million prize is 1 in 5.1 million. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175 million.

The other $1 million ticket sold in Massachusetts Wednesday night was bought in Pittsfield and also remained unclaimed as of last night. The winning Powerball numbers on Wednesday were 2-11-26-34-41-32

Powerball tickets are $2 each and can be played in 43 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets for tonight’s drawing can be purchased until 9:45 at any Massachusetts Lottery retailer in the state. Powerball drawings are broadcast locally via the Lottery’s website — masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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