Don't bother telling Wednesday night's Powerball winners that a lottery is just a tax on those who flunked math. With a winning ticket in hand, or even just the dream of one, who cares if the odds against them exceeded 175 million to 1?
Last-minute ticket-buying pushed the jackpot to nearly $580 million, which is how much a single winner would get if he or she took the money in annual payments over 30 years.
The winning numbers: 5-16-22-23-29, and the Powerball: 06.
Hours after the 8 p.m. drawing, officials said winning tickets had been sold in Arizona and Missouri.
No one had won since Oct. 6, causing the jackpot to roll over 16 times. It grows at least $10 million every time no one wins, lottery officials said.
To play Powerball, one must pick five unique numbers from 1 through 59, and a Powerball number from 1 through 35. The odds of winning are 1 in 175,223,510.