Three winning Powerball tickets were sold in record $1.5 billion lottery

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Three winning tickets were sold in last night’s $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. the tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California; Munford, Tennessee; and in Melbourne Beach, Florida, according to state lottery officials.

The winning numbers were 08, 27, 34, 04 and 19, and the Powerball was 10.

The odds of winning the record jackpot were 1 in 292 million.

A record jackpot was recorded after 19 consecutive Powerball drawings with no winner. Two weeks ago the grand prize was a mere $400 million.

Powerball players spent an estimated $2.6 billion on tickets since the last jackpot was claimed in November. To win the grand prize, the ticket must match all five numbers (in any order) and the red Powerball number.

The $1.5 billion jackpot will be split equally three ways. With $500 million per ticket up for grabs, each winner will face a massive tax bill.

The cash value, or lump sum option was $929.9 million.

The previous record U.S. lottery jackpot was a Mega Millions game in March 2012 that paid out $656 million.

Saturday’s lottery has a jackpot of just $40 million.