Missouri Powerball winner will be announced at 11 today

11/30/2012 7:25 AM

11/30/2012 12:56 PM

Missouri lottery officials have scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Friday at North Platte High School in Dearborn.

According to media reports and people in the community, the man who bought the winning ticket was 52-year-old Mark Hill of Dearborn.

Lottery officials said Thursday that one of the two winning Powerball tickets from Wednesday’s drawing was sold at Trex Mart in Dearborn, a town of about 500 roughly halfway between Kansas City and St. Joseph just off Interstate 29.

The Missouri ticket holder and the owner of another ticket sold in Arizona will split the jackpot.

The drawing of Wednesday night’s prize followed 16 consecutive drawings that produced no top winner, boosting the Powerball to the second-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Two Missouri lottery players won $1 million second prizes for matching all five white-ball numbers in the drawing. One of those tickets was sold at the Sunfresh at 2415 N.E. Vivion Road in Kansas City, North. The other was sold at a Casey’s General Store in Joplin.

he drawing on Tuesday marked the 27th time a winning Powerball ticket was sold in Missouri. Only Indiana has more winners of the jackpot. In 2010, a convenience store clerk in the mid-Missouri town of Marshall won a $258 million jackpot. Four years earlier, a group of 13 Missouri state employees claimed the $224 million ticket.

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