DEARBORN, Mo. — Missouri Lottery officials Thursday verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but the other ticket holder, from Arizona, remained a mystery, even as neighbors and co-workers lamented their losses and gossiped about who might have won.
The tickets were sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix and at a gas station in Dearborn, Mo., off Interstate 29 just north of Kansas City.
Missouri lottery officials said they verified a ticket that was presented to them Thursday and set a news conference for today at a high school near where the ticket was bought.
Three South Carolina Education Lottery tickets came within one number of winning the record jackpot.
A ticket worth $2 million was sold by the H & S Shoppe at 430 E. Main St. in Andrews, according to a news release from the S.C. Education Lottery Commission.
Two $1 million tickets were sold by retailers in Florence and Rock Hill.An unprecedented 140,000 winning tickets were sold in the Palmetto State, totaling $5.3 million.
Missouri Lottery Chief Operations Officer Gary Gonder couldn’t provide any details, including the ticket holder’s name or if the ticket was bought by someone from Missouri.
Speculation had many of Dearborn’s 500 residents buzzing about who won.
Karen Meyers, a server at the Cook’s Corner Cafe, where the daily special was roast beef and potatoes, said she didn’t believe it at first when she heard that the winning ticket had been sold nearby.
“I think it’s wonderful. I hope someone local won it, not someone just passing through,” she said. “It’s a small town where everyone is really nice.”
The winning ticket sold in Arizona was purchased at a 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills near Phoenix, state lottery officials said.
“I think it’s crazy, and I also think it’s great,” said Bob Chebat, who manages the 4 Sons.