The odds may have been slim to none, but there are at least three big winners for the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot that was announced Wednesday night.
The winning combination was 4-8-19-27-34; the Powerball number, 10. The winning tickets were bought in California, Florida, and Tennessee.
The ticket in California was sold in Chino Hills, the California Lottery announced at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday night, 14 minutes after the drawing. Results from other states are yet to be announced.
The winners will split the jackpot, which stood Wednesday at $1.568 billion. They can take their earnings either as an annuity or as a lump-sum payment, which would be worth slightly less, and which on Wednesday stood at $983.5 million.
Had there been no winners on Wednesday, the jackpot would have grown to $2 billion—and, possibly, more stories about how the prospects of winning were lower than getting hit by a meteor.
Smaller, and we’re talking relatively here, prizes were won in other states. Tickets were sold in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Texas that had five matching “Power Play” numbers. Those winners will take home $2 million each. Million-dollar winning tickets were sold in several other states.