Winner in Boerne: Powerball ticket gets five numbers right for $1 million

Winner in Boerne: Powerball ticket gets five numbers right for $1 million

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Winner in Boerne: Powerball ticket gets five numbers right for $1 million

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by Kens5.com and Associated Press reports

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Posted on May 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Updated Sunday, May 19 at 4:36 PM

Texas has never had a grand-prize winner in the multi-state Powerball lottery, but second place isn't so bad.

The Texas Lottery confirmed via its website that a $1 million ticket in Saturday night's record-setting Powerball drawing was sold at a convenience store in Boerne.

The ticket, purchased at the Quick Pantry in the 900 block of North Main Street, matched five numbers (10-13-14-22-52) but did not match the Powerball (11).

The Texas Lottery lists the odds of correctly picking the five white balls without the right Powerball as 1 in 5,153,633.

There was no word yet about a winner coming forward with the lucky Texas ticket.

But in Florida, someone was sitting on the biggest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million.

The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later.

"This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot," O'Connell told AP. "We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner."

She said Florida has had more Powerball winners than any other state.

The winner was not immediately identified publicly and O'Connell did not give any indication just hours after Saturday's drawing whether anyone had already stepped forward with that winning ticket.

With four out of every five possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, lottery executives said earlier that someone was almost certain to win the game's highest jackpot, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars — and that's after taxes.

The chances of winning the prize were astronomically low: 1 in 175.2 million. That's how many different ways you can combine the numbers when you play. But lottery officials estimated that about 80 percent of those possible combinations had been purchased recently.

While the odds are low for any one individual or individuals, O'Connell said, the chance that one hits paydirt is what makes Powerball an "exciting game to play."

"There is just the chance that you will have the opportunity and Florida is a huge Powerball state. We have had more winners than any other state that participates in Powerball."

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