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(USA TODAY) - The sole winning ticket for Saturday's $338 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a liquor store in Passaic, N.J., officials announced Monday.

The lucky winner has not yet come forward, New Jersey Lottery director Carole Hedinger said. But Eagle Liquor will get $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. It's the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. A lump sum payout would be $221 million.

Other Powerball players also stand to get rich. One Powerball ticket that matched five numbers, sold in Iowa, is good for $2 million. Spreading the wealth even further, 13 tickets worth a cool $1 million each were sold in 11 states. Florida and Pennsylvania each had two; Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia had one each.

No one had won the Powerball jackpot in more than a month, since Dave Honeywell in Virginia bought the winning ticket worth $217 million.

The largest U.S. jackpot of any kind was a $656 million Mega Millions pot, won March 30, 2012, and split by winners in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever, $587.5 million in November, was split between an Arizona man and a Missouri couple. The largest Powerball jackpot won by a single ticket was $365 million claimed in Nebraska in February 2006. But even that one was split -- eight workers at a Lincoln, Neb., meatpacking plant had pooled their funds.

Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of hitting all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million.



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