After rolling over 19 times, a history-making $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot finally found a home Wednesday night.
Three homes, actually.
A total jackpot of $1,568,400,000 will be split among winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
Wednesday's winning numbers were 8-27-34-4-19 and the Powerball was 10, according to the Georgia Lottery.
Channel 2 Action News also confirmed that two $1 million tickets were sold in Atlanta and Douglas, Georgia. The Georgia Lottery also confirmed a $100,000 winner and 30 $50,000 winners in Georgia.
Georgia’s lucky $1 million tickets were purchased at: Quik Mart, 48 Broad Street S.W., Atlanta; and Quick Stop, 1656 U.S. Highway 221 N., Douglas.
First-time lottery player Shaadi Edwards of Atlanta told Georgia Lottery she plans to use her $1 million to purchase a home, pay off her grandparents’ house and do advocacy work.
“It felt surreal,” Edwards said after seeing the results on Twitter.
Jones Bridge Food Mart LLC, located at 10930 Jones Bridge Road in Alpharetta, sold the $100,000 ticket.
The $50,000 winning tickets were purchased in: Alpharetta, Atlanta (2), Bremen, Brunswick, College Park, Dallas, Duluth, Eastman, Evans, Forsyth, Hampton (2), Hapeville, LaGrange, Lake Park, Mableton, Macon (2), Marietta, Peachtree City, Roswell, Sharpsburg, Suwanee, Tallapoosa, Temple, Thunderbolt, Trenton, Valdosta and Winder.
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Since the Powerball jackpot began growing Nov. 7, Georgia Lottery players have won more than $18.5 million, lottery officials said. In January alone, Georgia has produced four $1 million winners, one $100,000 winner, and 59 $50,000 winners.
Lottery officials said 85.8 percent of possible number combinations had been selected by midday Wednesday, increasing the chances that someone would win the world’s largest lottery jackpot. But the odds of winning were still extraordinarily slim, at 1 in 292.2 million.
For Wednesday night’s drawing alone, Powerball sales totaled $1,270,206,274, lottery officials said.
During the historic $1.5 billion jackpot roll, Powerball generated $43.5 million for the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.
Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is reset to its $40 million starting point.
Now, it’s time to change the billboards back to “million.”
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