By Brett Stolpestad
Two lucky ticket holders from Arizona and Missouri won the record Powerball jackpot of almost $579.9 million Thursday, the Washington Post reported.
The lucky numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 15,16,22,23,29 and the Powerball 6. In addition the the two winners who had all six matching numbers, 8,924,123 other players also won smaller prizes, the Washington Post reported.
According to Powerball officials, Wednesday's ticket holders won almost $587.5 million, the second-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, the Star Tribune reported.
The convenience store outside of Kansas City will be awarded $50,000 for selling the winning ticket, the Star Tribune reported.
According to the executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Chuck Strutt, Powerball players across the country bought their tickets at a rate of almost 7.8 million tickets an hour. That's almost $15.6 million an hour, the Washington Post reported.
There had not been a Powerball winner since Oct. 6 and the jackpot had been rolled over 16 consecutive times, pushing the jackpot even higher, the Star Tribune reported.
The $656 million jackpot for a Mega Millions drawing in March maintains the record for largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, the Star Tribune reported.