Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Princeton

One of three winning Powerball tickets for a $564 million jackpot was sold in North Texas.

Someone bought a lucky ticket at the Appletree Food Mart off Highway 380 in Princeton. The other two were bought in North Carolina and Puerto Rico.

The Siwakoti family of McKinney owns the Princeton store and will receive $1 million for selling a winning ticket.

When co-owner Chandra Siwakoti showed up to open early Thursday morning he didn't know what was going on. Members of the media told him.

He quickly called his family.

"We were like screaming. And, I had my elder son. He's in high school now. So he wake up and is like, 'What happened? Why is everybody screaming at home?' I said we got this and then he says, 'Okay, I'm not going to school today,'" Alina Siwakoti said.

The teen's mother made him go to class despite the win.

The family is not yet sure what they'll do with the money, but at least would like to help people in their native country of Nepal.

The jackpot winner has not yet come forward. He or she will have to go to Austin to claim the prize, but can decide to remain anonymous.

There were three other tickets sold in Texas that just missed the jackpot. But, those lucky few still get $1 million each.

One ticket was sold at a Chevron in Fort Worth, one at a Racetrac in Euless and another in Houston.

Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager and production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said the Puerto Rico ticket was the first Powerball jackpot winner ever sold outside the continental United States.

Puerto Rico joined Powerball less than a year ago. Besides 44 states and Washington, D.C., the game is also played in the Virgin Islands, but there has never been a jackpot winner there, Dooley said.

It had been nearly a year since a Powerball prize reached the giant number people have come to expect recently. That was last February, when someone won $425.3 million.

Wednesday's jackpot was the third-largest in Powerball history and the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize. The last time a Powerball jackpot climbed so high was May 2013 when a Florida ticket won a $590.5 million prize.

Should the winners select the lump sum option, each would get a one-third share of $381,138,450.16 before taxes. The other option is an annuity, under which the lottery would make payments 30 times over 29 years.

The largest payout in U.S. history was to three ticketholders in the Mega Millions game, the other national lottery drawing. That was a $656 million prize won in March 2012 by players in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.

In 2012, state officials who run Powerball and Mega Millions changed ticket prices and lowered the odds of winning jackpots in hopes the moves would increase the number of huge prizes and draw more players. The new rules worked, causing jackpots to repeatedly climb to record levels. More than half of the top 10 U.S. jackpots have been reached in the past couple of years.

The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball 19.

The jackpot now goes back to $40 million for the next drawing on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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