Powerball Winning Numbers Drawn, Three Grand Prize Winning Tickets Claimed

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At least three people in two states apparently bought tickets with the Powerball winning numbers from this week's jackpot, one of the largest in history.

Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said last night that three tickets matched the digits.

They will split the lottery's latest massive jackpot: $448 million.

"We had three grand prize winners," Dooley confirmed.

"One was in Minnesota and two were in New Jersey."

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night:

05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.

Lottery officials in the Garden State confirmed that two of the three tickets were sold in New Jersey. Info on the Minnesota ticket was not available early Thursday.

The allure of capturing the massive Powerball jackpot had players in a buying frenzy, further confirming a trend that officials say has become the big ticket norm.

Fatigued Powerball players, increasingly blase about "smaller" payouts, often don't get into the game until the jackpot offers big bucks. Like nine figures.

During Wednesday night's telecast, Powerball announced the jackpot that previously in the day was pegged at $425 million had grown to an estimated $448 million.

A recent game change intended to build excitement about the lottery increased the frequency of huge jackpots, the record being $590 million won this year (below).

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