Powerball Numbers Drawn; Jackpot Nears $580M

Updated: 11/28/2012 11:32 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

The numbers have been drawn for the record Powerball jackpot and the wait for winners - if any - has begun.

The lucky numbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 6 for the Powerball.

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.
    
Americans went on a ticket-buying spree in recent days, 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.

Earlier on Wednesday, the jackpot was $500 million, but it grew to $550 million before nearing $580 million.

Twenty-one people have been crowned Powerball winners in the state of Minnesota.

If a winning ticket is sold at a gas station in Minnesota, the station would get $50,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.