(MEDIA GENERAL) – We don’t yet know who will walk away with hundreds of millions of dollars following Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, but we do know three winning tickets were sold in Texas, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico.
Sometime on Thursday, the North Carolina Education Lottery will release information about where the winning ticket was purchased. But, it may be some time before we learn who bought it.
In North Carolina, lottery winners have 180 days to come forward and claim a prize. Lottery winners are required to reveal their name, city or town, what game they were playing, how much they won and when they claimed their prize.
Five people in North Carolina have won jackpots before. This is the largest win in North Carolina lottery history. The lottery and Powerball started in North Carolina in 2006. Until now, the previous record was $141 million.
“We would tell whoever has the ticket to sign the back and secure it and get some sound professional advice to help them go through this life changing event. We want people to take their time,” North Carolina Education Lottery Communications Director Van Denton told us.
In addition to Wednesday night’s jackpot, North Carolinians won $3.3 million in other prizes including two $1 million prizes.
A food mart in Princeton, Texas sold the winning ticket in that state. Princeton is a city of about 3,500 people 30 miles northeast of Dallas. The winning ticket was sold at the Appletree Food Mart. The owner of the store stands to make $1 million for selling the winning ticket.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Texas joined the Powerball lottery in February 2010, and this is the first jackpot winner in the state. Before this, the largest prize in Texas Lottery history was a $144 million Mega Millions jackpot won in 2010.
Puerto Rico sold its first Powerball jackpot ticket. It was the first jackpot winner ever sold outside the continental U.S. Puerto Rico joined Powerball less than a year ago.
The winners, when they come forward, will get to pick either the lump sum option, giving each one-third of more than $381 million before taxes, or the lottery will make them 30 payments over the next 29 years.