NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lottery officials said two $1 million lottery tickets were sold in the mid-state in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation announced Thursday the two tickets were sold at the Mapco on Moores Lane in Brentwood and at the Kroger on McGavock Pike. No information about the winners will be available until they claim their prizes at lottery headquarters in Nashville.
The Tennessee Lottery has now seen 98 winning tickets of $1 million or more from all its games since inception in 2004.
The two million dollar tickets were among 190,592 secondary prizes won in Tennessee.
Tennesseans purchased $30.75 million in Powerball tickets during the entire run, which began on October 6, with more than $9 million of that activity on Wednesday alone. Lottery officials estimated that the entire run generated more than $12.98 million for education programs in the state.
The wins come after Powerball officials announced two tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri that matched all six numbers to win the record $579.9 million jackpot.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.
It was not clear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or were purchased by 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 phone messages and emails seeking comment.
Americans went on a ticket-buying spree in the run-up to Wednesday's drawing, the big money enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery to purchase a shot at the second-largest payout in U.S. history.
Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide - about six times the volume from a week ago. That pushed the jackpot even higher before the Wednesday night drawing, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million.
Powerball is played in 44 lottery jurisdictions (42 states plus Washington DC and US Virgin Islands).
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)