TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Lottery officials in New Jersey say the winning ticket that matched all six numbers in the Powerball drawing worth $429.6 million was sold in Mercer County.
Officials said early Sunday the location will not be disclosed until certain security procedures are completed, and it’s anticipated that the location will be revealed by Monday.
In a statement, New Jersey Lottery executive director Carole Hedinger calls winning the seventh-largest jackpot in Powerball history “a life-changing event.”
The winning Powerball numbers drawn Saturday night were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number is 9.
The jackpot Saturday had climbed to nearly $430 million, making the prize the largest since a record $1.6 billion payout in January.
Lottery players in New Jersey who don’t hold the winning Powerball ticket say they wish the big winner well.
Sipping coffee in a convenience store parking lot in Jackson Township on Sunday morning, John Warren joked that he had all the winning numbers that were drawn in Saturday night’s drawing.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have more than two of them on any one of the $40 worth of tickets he had bought. But he won $2 – enough to pay for his coffee.
A store clerk said many people were asking if he knew where the winning ticket was sold or if anyone had claimed the prize.
Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.