Texas has some new Powerball millionaires

Posted Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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Major local lottery retailers

Some Tarrant County outlets that have sold large numbers of lottery tickets in recent years:

Chuck's Grocery, 700 Secretary Drive, Arlington

Diamond Convenience Store, 540 Keller Parkway, Keller

Crowley Shell, 101 N. Crowley Road, Crowley

Minit Market, 2101 Bedford Road, Bedford

Quick Sak No. 9, 8717 White Settlement Road, White Settlement

Source: Texas Lottery Commission

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Texans didn't stake claim to the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot, but the state does have four new millionaires now.

Ticket buyers in Dallas, Houston, Humble and San Antonio matched all five winning numbers - 5, 16, 22, 23 and 29 - but not the Powerball, 6, earning them the secondary $1 million prize.

"We are pleased to have four new millionaires in Texas," said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

Texas has yet to have a Powerball grand prize jackpot winner since it joined the game in 2010.

Two tickets bought in Arizona and Missouri did match the big jackpot, although the winners had not stepped forward by late Thursday.

"For all those who've been asking: No I'm not the #Arizona Powerball winner," former GOP presidential nominee and U.S. Sen. John McCain joked on Twitter Thursday.

Countless hopefuls headed to convenience stores throughout Texas and the nation this week, buying tickets for the Powerball drawing that had not been won since early October.

So many tickets were bought this week that the jackpot swelled from $425 million to the ultimate $587.5 million prize.

Texas was one of the top five selling states for the drawing, and sales peaked between 6 p.m. and 6:59 p.m. at $74,880 per minute, according to the Texas Lottery.

Only one lottery jackpot ever has been larger than Wednesday night's: the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot back in March, which was won by three different players in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

The four $1 million winning tickets in Texas were sold at convenience stores: 7-Eleven #12205, 5123 W. Lovers Lane in Dallas; Stop By Market, 4040 Boone Road in Houston; Timewise Food Store #208, 7510 FM 1960 Road E in Humble; and Frio City Food Mart, 707 Frio City Road in San Antonio.

These winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.

"With Powerball sales in Texas totaling nearly $75 million for the runup to this jackpot, public education in Texas was the biggest winner of all," Grief said.

The odds of winning the jackpot were one in 175,223,510; the odds of winning any prize was one in 32, according to the lottery commission.

Anna M. Tinsley, (817) 390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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