Several winners hit $1.6B US lottery jackpot

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LOS ANGELES: Several people shared a bonanza of $1.6 billion (1.47 billion euros) Wednesday in the US Powerball lottery, officials and reports said, after millions tuned in to see the fate of the world-record jackpot live on TV. The winning numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27 and 34, with a 10 as the so-called Powerball number. Two more winning jackpot tickets were sold, one each in Florida and Tennessee, NBC News said, quoting California Lottery spokesman Russ Lopez. The jackpot, which had stood at $1.5 billion for much of the day, eventually crept up to nearly $1.59 billion. The winner can choose to be paid the full jackpot in annual installments for 29 years or take a one-off payment of at least $930 million.

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