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Powerball has 3 BIG winners and there may be more

It's true, the biggest Powerball jackpot ever has found its lucky owners and resetted back to $40 million.

At least three winning tickets were sold in Wednesday 13th record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. The lucky winners come from California, Florida and Tennessee.

California Lottery officials announced on Twitter that someone in Chino Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, had purchased a ticket with the winning combination drawn minutes earlier: 4-8-19-27-34 and the Powerball number, 10. Winning tickets were also sold in Florida and Tennessee, according to The Associated Press. Results from other states are still pending.

The lucky winners will divide a jackpot that, based on final ticket sales, is worth $1.568 billion, with a cash option of $983.5 million, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Without a winner, the jackpot would have increased to $2 billion, with a cash value of $1.24 billion, ahead of Saturday’s drawing, the Texas Lottery Commission said on Twitter.

Gary Grief, the chairman of the Multi-State Lottery Association’s Powerball committee, estimated that 85 percent to 95 percent of all the possible winning combinations were purchased before Wednesday’s drawing. It was almost obvious that a winner or more would be found soon. 

The article will be updated continuously with all the latest information from press and results from all the participating states.