Category: Society / November 29, 2012 9:24 AM EST
Powerball lottery ticket holders were glued to their television sets Wednesday (November 28) night, as the highly anticipated Powerball numbers were drawn.
Lottery players are waiting to see who, if anyone, wins the prize of a whopping $579 million.
The numbers drawn were 05, 23, 16, 22 and 29 with a Powerball of 06.
Powerball has not had a winner for two months, and the pot has already grown by about $225 million following brisk ticket sales after no one won the top prize in Saturday's drawing.
The draw on Wednesday night would dish out more than $360.2 million if paid as a lump sum. Alternatively, the total of $550 million can be paid out in an annuity over three decades.
Powerball is sold in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There have been nearly 300 jackpot winners over the past 20 years, taking home payouts of over $11.6 billion.
The chances of winning the jackpot are about one in 175 million, compared to about one in 280,000 for being struck by lightning.