UPDATE 11/29/2012 7:31 A.M.
CHICAGO (AP) - The richest Powerball jackpot ever - and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history - has been won.
The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?
Powerball officials said early Thursday that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $579.9 million jackpot.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.
It was not clear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or groups.
Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday morning they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day.
Lottery officials in Missouri did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
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Updated: 11/28/2012 7:00 P.M.
No doubt, many people have big dreams of what they can do with more than a half a billion dollars. But others have dreams of helping others.
"I'd keep a little bit of it, but I'd probably give most of it to my family," said ticket buyer Woody Thorn. "Probably give it away."
That jackpot ballooned to $550 million at the noon hour Wednesday, and could go even higher before the 10:59 P.M. drawing Wednesday night. Across the country, in the hours before that drawing, tickets were selling at the rate of 130-thousand a minute.
And while you're thinking about what you're going to be doing with all of that money, you might want to think about this as well. Chances are, you're not going to be a lot richer than you are today. In fact, you might be poorer, by whatever amount of money you invested in those tickets.
"The more tickets you buy, whereas your chances of winning slightly go up, what goes up significantly is the amount of money you lose," says Dr. Matt Menzel, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Marietta College. "If you buy 200 tickets at $400, you might get a small prize. The more you buy, unfortunately, it means the more you're going to lose."
But some who are buying do take that into consideration.
"I bought a ticket," said one player. "But it's just luck."
Powerball officials believe there's a 75% chance someone will have a winning ticket from Wednesday night's drawing.
People across the Valley chase the dream as the Powerball jackpot reaches the second largest payout in history. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightening than winning, but one local grandmother's taking that chance.
"Share it with the kids, give some donations...put the grandkids through college," says Margot Dickerson of Belpre.
Jimmy from Ohio would help others with the money and do something for himself.
"Help family and stuff out, just help people...buy me some stuff, that's about it probably," says Jimmy Carter of Reedsville.
Anne wants to make the holidays a little brighter.
"Be nice to win it but I'd also like to use a lot of it to help a lot of people who aren't going to have a nice Christmas," says Anne Hart of Cutler.
Ohioans are coming out in a steady stream to buy their lottery tickets in the hopes of winning $500 million dollars in the Powerball jackpot. And they're probably doing the same thing on the other side of the river.
"I would help lots of different charities and buy a nice house and buy a really nice car for everybody that I know," says Brianna Fordyce of Parkersburg.
Even if she wins big, Brianna has no intention of leaving her job.
"I wouldn't quit my job at all, I'd still work," she says. I'd get too bored."
The Multi-State Lottery Association is holding the drawing at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time in Florida on Wednesday, Nov. 28th.