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Powerball ticket worth $338 million sold in N.J.

Mar 24, 2013, 8:15 am

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Someone in New Jersey this morning could be holding a tiny piece of paper worth a massive amount of money: $338.3 million.

One winning ticket was sold for Saturday night's huge Powerball jackpot, and it was purchased somewhere in the Garden State.

Which county, which town and which store remains a mystery and the New Jersey Lottery will release details on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

One lottery player in Iowa won $2 million in Saturday's drawing, and lottery players in 11 other states won $1 million for matching five of the six winning numbers: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

These were the winning numbers drawn at 11 p.m. Saturday: 17, 29, 31, 52 and 53. The Powerball was 31.

The jackpot was initially estimated at $320 million and later climbed to $338.3 million. The cash option was worth around $209 million, making this the fourth-highest ever jackpot in the 21-year history of the multi-state lottery game, and the 8th-largest of any lottery game in history.

The biggest previous jackpot this year was a $217 million haul, which an airport traveler in the Richmond, Va., area won on Feb. 6.

In Nov., 2012, Powerball broke all of its previous records when a November jackpot soared to $588 million — the 2nd-largest lottery jackpot in history. That hefty sum was split between two tickets sold in Missouri and Arizona.

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