The third ticket was sold in a Super Stop & Shop store in South Brunswick, N.J.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32. During the telecast, Powerball officials announced the jackpot that was pegged at $425 million previously in the day had grown amid a buying frenzy.
Each winning ticket was worth $86 million before taxes, or $58.3 million after taxes, if taken in a lump sum. They are worth $149.4 million over 30 years if the winners choose the annuity option.
Several people were anxiously checking their tickets Thursday morning for would-be winners at the Little Egg Harbor store where one of the three tickets that matched all six numbers was sold.
One man, Billy Bob Romano, said he discovered he'd won $4 — enough to cover the bag of ice he bought at the store. "Somebody, hopefully, that wins the money gets it here and contributes to the neighborhoods," he said.
In South Brunswick, Judy Soto was filled with regret because she had planned to buy a Powerball ticket for herself at the South Brunswick Stop & Shop the night before, in addition to going in on some with her co-workers at Rutgers University.
"I was too lazy, because I was tired," she said as she spoke in a parking lot clogged with television trucks, cameras are reporters. "No action in all the years I've lived here."
A recent game change intended to build excitement about the lottery has increased the frequency of huge jackpots. Wednesday's jackpot drawing comes only a few months after the biggest Powerball jackpot in history — a $590 million pot won in Florida by an 84-year-old widow. The second largest Powerball jackpot, $587.5 million, was won in November and split between two tickets from Arizona and Missouri.