Winning Powerball Tickets Sold in Missouri, Arizona

By: Lateef Mungin, CNN Email
By: Lateef Mungin, CNN Email

(CNN) -- If you are in Missouri or Arizona, check your lottery tickets. You could be filthy rich.

Tickets for the record-breaking estimated $579 million jackpot were purchased in those states, lottery officials said early Thursday morning.

The winning numbers were 5-23-16-22-29 and the Powerball was 6.

The prize for the lottery -- held in 42 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia -- swelled to historic levels after the jackpot rolled over 16 times without a winner.

It was unclear early Thursday morning where in the two states the winning tickets were sold.

Wednesday's prize is the largest in Powerball history. But the prize still has a way to go to match the U.S. record payout of $656 million, set in March by a Mega Millions jackpot that was split between three winners.

Whoever comes forward with the winning tickets may want to speak to Donald Lawson. The Michigan man won the $337 million Powerball prize in August and at the time said the new infusion of green would not change him.

Apparently, it would not change his eating habits either.

"I'm a millionaire now, but I'll still go to McDonald's," Lawson said in August as he stood smiling at the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing.

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