Delawareans get a piece of the Powerball

Some lucky people in Delaware had a smaller piece of Wednesday night's big Powerball jackpot.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

FOUR numbers plus the Powerball brings a nice Christmas bonus.

"We had a large number of winners of smaller prizes, and we had five winners of the third-place prize, which were $10,000 each," said Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk.

Kirk says tickets sales Wednesday in the state amounted to $1.75-million.

"We know that for this week's run, Sunday through Wednesday, we had sales of $2.8-million. That's considerably higher by probably $1-million than we have done before," he said.

And here's an interesting note - the last Powerball jackpot winners were a nice couple in Wilmington who won 50 million.

There's no word yet on who's holding the winning tickets from last night's Powerball drawing, but lottery officials have identified the stores where they were purchased.

One is 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills, Ariz., and the other is the Trex Mart, off Interstate 29 near Dearborn, Mo., about a half an hour north of Kansas City.

The stores get a $50,000 bounty for selling a winning ticket, and Trex Mart's general manager says the store owner is talking about using it to give the staff Christmas bonuses. The store sold about $27,000 worth of tickets in the days leading up to the drawing.

The cashiers have been greeting customers with big smiles today, asking them whether they had bought the winner. Kristi Williams calls it "just awesome" and says she's hoping it's one of the store's regular ticket buyers.

The winners will split the $587.5 million payout. They could each take a lump sum payment of about $192 million, before taxes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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