KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One of the two winning Powerball tickets was sold in Dearborn, Mo., which is located 35 miles north of Kansas City. The ticket was sold at Trex Mart, located at 17605 Highway Z in Dearborn. The lucky winner will share the $587.5 million jackpot with another winner from Arizona.
Thursday afternoon the Trex Mart was busy with activity and excitement, many stopping by to see if the winner had revealed himself or herself yet.
"It's exciting. We're all really crossing our fingers that it's a local from around here. Coming from a small town, you know you don't get a whole lot of big news... so something like this happening is real exciting. It's great. It's right at Christmas time. So whoever's going to get it is going to have a good Christmas obviously," said Baron Hartell, the store owner's son.
Another Kansas City metro winner matched numbers for a $1 million prize.
“It is so exciting to sell one of these Powerball tickets,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “In addition, we sold two tickets that matched all five white balls, which means they each win $1 million. Three millionaires in one night is a wonderful night!”
The $1 million winning tickets were sold at: Casey’s General Store, 4800 S. Rangeline in Joplin; and Sunfresh, 2415 N.E. Vivion Road in Kansas City.
Reardon noted that Missouri has had the second most Powerball jackpot winners, behind Indiana.
“With last night’s jackpot winner, we are up to 27,” said Reardon.
If you find you hold the winning ticket, be sure to sign the back, put it in a safe place and seek legal and financial advice.
“We want winners to take their time and think through this clearly,” Reardon said. “We don’t want them to feel rushed.”
The winning numbers from last night’s Powerball drawing are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and the Powerball was 6.
The Missouri winner has 180 days to claim this prize, which would be May 27, 2013. The winner can select to get the jackpot prize in 30 payments over 29 years (annuity) or in one lump-sum payment. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid in 30 payments.