NBCNC - Danielle Leigh
A growing Powerball jackpot triggers long lines for lottery tickets. Wednesday night's drawing for the $425 million jackpot is set to be the third largest in Powerball history.
A Minnesota man came forward Thursday to claim one of three winning tickets in the $448 million Powerball jackpot.
The man was at lottery headquarters in Roseville, Minn., where officials were verifying the ticket, Ed Van Petten, executive director of the Minnesota Lottery said. If the ticket is proved valid, an announcement could come later in the day.
State lottery officials did not provide further information about the man.
Three winning Powerball tickets were sold - two in New Jersey and one in Minnesota - for the $448 million Powerball jackpot - one of the largest in American history. The winning numbers were drawn Wednesday night at 10:59 p.m. ET.
Just before the Wednesday night drawing, Powerball officials announced that the jackpot had increased from $425 million to $448 million - the fourth largest lotto jackpot ever. The winning tickets were sold at a Super Stop n Shop in South Brunswick, N.J., at Acme Markets #7858 in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., and in Anoka County, Minn., part of greater Minneapolis-St. Paul, lottery officials announced Thursday.
The winning numbers were 5, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.
In Wednesday night's drawing there were also 38 people who held tickets worth $1 million or more. They did it by matching the five non-Powerball numbers.
The jackpot started as a $40 million prize on June 26 and is the result of 12 draws without a jackpot winner.
The biggest jackpot in American history was $656 million, divided among three winners last year in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, according to NBC News. That was a Mega Millions win, which is also played in 43 states.
The largest Powerball payout was in May, when an 84-year-old Florida widow named Gloria McKenzie hit the $590 million jackpot.
In November 2012, winners in Missouri and Arizona split a $587 million Powerball prize.
Powerball is played in 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Odds of winning the jackpot prize are one in 175,223,510, and overall odds of winning any prize are one in 32.