Three residents of the United States were sold winning tickets for the large Powerball jackpot worth $1.5 billion (£1.03 billion). The residents were based in California, Florida and Tennessee, and were confirmed in the drawing early Thursday GMT.
One of the winning tickets was sold at a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills. The clerk of that 7-Eleven said it was his pleasure to have his store be one of the places where the winning ticket was sold.
There were 26.1 million winners in Powerball overall in that drawing, with some winning at least $2 million (£1.39 million), and a majority of those winners winning at least $1 million (£693,361).
In the Midwestern state of Ohio, there were 3 $1 million winners. Danielle Babb, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery, in a telephone interview, said the interest was significant because of the volume of the jackpot.
“The sheer volume is a world record,” Babb said. “We’ve never seen it that high before.”
The jackpot had a cash value of $930 million, prior to taxes.