Winning Powerball tickets sold in Missouri, Arizona

Posted at 9:13 AM, Nov 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-29 11:13:50-05

By Michael Pearson and Lateef Mungin

(CNN) — For most folks, the tune rolling through their heads this morning might be called the “Morning After Powerball Blues.”

But somewhere in Missouri and in Arizona, a few folks might have The O’Jays’ “For the Love of Money” on their minds.

You know … “Money money money money … money!”

That’s because two tickets for Tuesday’s record-breaking Powerball jackpot — estimated at $579 million — were sold in those states.

The winning numbers were 5-23-16-22-29 and the Powerball was 6.

We don’t yet know who the winners are, but Missouri lottery officials said the winning ticket in that state was sold in the Kansas City area. They’ll identify the store where the winning ticket was sold later Thursday.

Details about where the Arizona winning ticket was sold are not yet available.

Lottery officials urged winners to take their time coming forward.

Winners should sign the ticket, put it in a safe place and seek legal and financial advice before redeeming it, said Missouri lottery director May Scheve Reardon.

“We want winners to take their time and think through this clearly,” she said. “We don’t want them to feel rushed.”

The winner in that state has 180 days to claim their money.

The prize for the lottery — held in 42 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia — swelled to the largest in Powerball history after the jackpot rolled over 16 times without a winner.

But it still doesn’t match the U.S. record payout of $656 million, set in March by a Mega Millions jackpot. Three winners split that pot.

Whoever comes forward with the winning tickets may want to speak to Donald Lawson. The Michigan man won the $337 million Powerball prize in August and vowed that the new infusion of green would not change him — or his eating habits.

“I’m a millionaire now, but I’ll still go to McDonald’s,” Lawson said as he stood smiling at the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing.

CNN’s Lateef Mungin and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report

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