(NEW YORK) — One of the two winners of the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot will be announced at a news conference on Friday, according to Missouri Lottery officials.
The Missouri ticket was sold at the only gas station in the tiny town of Dearborn, which has a population of 496. Many residents there hope the new multi-millionaire is a neighbor that understands the needs of the small farming town and will be able to help invest in the community that has been ravaged by a drought this past summer.
The other winning ticket was sold in Arizona at the 4 Sons Market, a convenience store in Fountain Hills, a suburb of Phoenix. The winner has not yet come forward, and lottery officials will only say that the ticket was sold sometime Wednesday.
Officials apparently know exactly when the ticket was sold, but are reluctant to release that information because they don’t want people reviewing the convenience store’s surveillance cameras to learn who the winner might be.
Both winners will split the big prize, which comes to $293.75 million apiece. If they decide to take the cash payout, they will each receive $192.875 million before taxes.
The Multi-State Lottery Association says Wednesday night’s drawing also produced 58 $1 million winning tickets and eight $2 million tickets.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire