AUSTIN (November 29, 2012)—Four tickets sold in Texas matched five numbers in Wednesday night’s record Powerball drawing and Thursday the first of the state’s $1 million winners claimed his prize.
Ruben Briones of San Antonio purchased the ticket at the Frio City Food Mart in San Antonio.
He requested minimal publicity.
Tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing.
The other $1 million winning tickets in Texas were sold at convenience stores in Humble, Dallas and Houston, lottery officials said.
Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Cripe said Powerball tickets in Texas sold at a peak rate of nearly $75,000 worth per minute leading up to Wednesday night's drawing.
Texas Powerball sales totaled nearly $75 million.
“We are pleased to have four new millionaires in Texas from last night’s record-setting Powerball drawing,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
“With Powerball sales in Texas totaling nearly $75 million for the run up to this jackpot, public education in Texas was the biggest winner of all," he said.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball was 6.
It was not clear whether the two winning tickets belonged to individuals or groups.
Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday morning they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day.
Lottery officials in Missouri did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Retailers That Sold $Million Tickets In Texas
TIMEWISE FOOD STORE #208 7501 FM 1960 RD E HUMBLE
7-ELEVEN #12205 5123 W LOVERS LANE DALLAS
FRIO CITY FOOD MART 707 FRIO CITY ROAD SAN ANTONIO
STOP BY MARKET 4040 BOONE RD HOUSTON