Powerball jackpot winning ticket sold in Texas

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Powerball jackpot winning ticket sold in Texas
One winning jackpot tickets was sold at a store just northeast of Dallas. A million dollar winning one was sold in north Houston

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Check your pockets and check your Powerball tickets! According to the Powerball website, one of three jackpot tickets for last night's $500 million drawing was sold in Texas.

The winner numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39, and 54 with the Powerball being 19.

According to the Texas Lottery, one of the winning tickets was sold at an Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, which is located about 50 miles northeast of Dallas. The other two winning jackpot tickets were sold in North Carolina and Puerto Rico. It's the U.S. territory's first Powerball victory since adding the drawing in October.

A second million dollar ticket, matching 5 numbers in the Powerball drawing, was sold at the Star Stop Convenience Store at 2211 North Freeway. The clerk at the store told Eyewitness News, a man came in overnight overwhelmed and claimed he won the million bucks. As of Thursday morning, the winner's identity remained a mystery.

Powerball players like Frank Hernandez, who visit Star Stop, said they're happy to hear someone in Houston hit it big.

"Man, that's pretty wild," said Hernandez. "Congratulations to whoever one the million dollar ticket. That's pretty cool!"

Two other winning tickets of $1 million were also sold in Fort Worth and Euless. The winners may not be a millionaire for long. It's estimated someone with a million dollar ticket would have to pay almost $400,000 in taxes to Uncle Sam.

It's been more than two months since someone won the Powerball jackpot, so the prize has been gradually growing from its $40 million starting point.

The last time Powerball grew nearly so large was February 2014.

Because of strong sales, lottery officials Tuesday raised the estimated jackpot from $450 million to $485 million. On Wednesday, officials raised it again to $500 million.

Powerball revenue has been down slightly during a drought of jackpots, but officials say this big prize has caused sales to surge. Tickets cost $2 each.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


How much money did you win?

Powerball = $4

Powerball + 1 number = $4

Powerball + 2 numbers = $7

3 numbers = $7

Powerball + 3 numbers = $100

4 numbers = $100

Powerball + 4 numbers = $10,000

5 numbers = $1 million