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Jackpot! Powerball ticket worth $337M sold in Lapeer

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    Thursday, August 16 2012 11:39 AM EDT2012-08-16 15:39:32 GMT
    LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A gas station in a small Mid-Michigan city is buzzing with excitement after the state lottery said Thursday that a $337 million jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was sold there. TheMore >
    A gas station in a small Mid-Michigan city is buzzing with excitement after the state lottery said Thursday that a $337 million jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was sold there.More >
LAPEER, MI (WNEM/CNN/AP) -

One lucky person matched all five numbers, including the Powerball, to win an estimated $337 million.

The winning ticket was sold at the Sunoco gas station, 1489 N. Main St., in Lapeer. The Michigan Lottery says the business will get a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers in the Wednesday night drawing were 6, 27, 46, 51, 56 and Powerball 21. The jackpot was the third largest in Powerball history, and the seventh largest in US history.

There was no immediate word about the identity of the buyer. In addition to the jackpot-winning ticket, there were eight tickets that matched five of the winning numbers to win $1 million.

Two of those tickets were sold in Indiana. The others were sold in Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Virginia. There was also a ticket sold in Nebraska that added the Power Play to win $2 million.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175 million, and the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 31, according to Powerball.com.

The game's largest prize to date was $365 million, which was awarded in 2006 to a group of eight coworkers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant.

In 2005, a group of four in Oregon won a $340 million jackpot - considered the second largest.

Those record drawings happened when the cost for a Powerball ticket was $1. In January, the price increased to $2, with officials saying it would lead to an increased number of large jackpots. At the same time, the odds improved somewhat because officials reduced the number of red balls - the Powerballs - from 39 to 35.

At $337 million, the Powerball pot still has ways to go to catch MegaMillions at the top of the list of U.S. grand prizes. In March, three tickets were sold for a drawing with the top prize of $656 million.

Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. CNN © 2012 Cable News Network.Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

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