Dear Metro Faithful:
Good morning --- not!If, like us, you slept through the 10:59 p.m. Powerball drawing only to be startled awake in the middle of the brutally cold winter’s night by the cat's angry flip of the empty wet food bowl … a bowl still more full than your bank account … you know the sad truth: Today is like any other day.
Beck, that guy Kanye Kardashian says should give up (oh hells no!) his Grammy(s) to Queen Bey, wrote today’s anthem years ago: “I’m a ‘Loser’ Baby.”Hell, this is where it’s at: We don’t even got two turntables -- or a microphone!
So stop us, cause we know you heard this one before: Someone else, three someone elses, have the winning tickets sold in the $564 million Powerball drawing -- one in North Carolina, one in Puerto Rico, and one in friggin’ Texas.
We know it’s over, still we cling.
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REUTERS 3 a.m. report:
Three lucky ticketholders in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico won the estimated $564.1 million U.S. Powerball lottery jackpot on Wednesday, the Powerball website showed.
The jackpot, which reached the half-billion dollar mark after rolling over for nearly three months, was the third-largest in the game's history and one of the largest lottery jackpots ever in the United States.
The three gamblers can select a lump-sum cash payout or opt to take annuity payments over 29 years, before taxes. The winning numbers from the draw were 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, lottery officials said, and the Powerball number was 19.
"Looks like we have a jackpot winner in Texas tonight!" the Texas Lottery tweeted.
The last winner, a Washington woman, told lottery officials she purchased the winning $90 million ticket on Thanksgiving Day and had never bought a Powerball ticket before.
Jackpots start at $40 million and grow until at least one player comes up with the winning numbers. Drawings are made on Wednesday and Saturday nights and tickets cost $2 each. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175 million.
The biggest Powerball jackpot awarded by the Multi-State Lottery Association was $590.5 million in May 2013 to the holder of a single winning ticket. The association's Mega Millions lottery awarded a top prize of $656 million three years ago.
Powerball tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.