Ben Russell, NBC 5 News
The only winning ticket for Wednesday's Powerball jackpot was sold at Lone Star Food Store in Bells, a town with population of less than 4,000. Using a quick pick ticket, the player matched all six numbers, including the Powerball, and won an estimated jackpot of $40 million.
Texas now has its first-ever Powerball jackpot winner.
The only winning ticket for Wednesday's Powerball jackpot was sold at Lone Star Food Store in Bells, a town with population of less than 4,000. Using a quick pick ticket, the player matched all six numbers, including the Powerball, and won an estimated jackpot of $40 million. The cash value option is estimated to be $24.9 million.
The Powerball jackpot is the first won in Texas since the state joined the multi-state lottery in 2010.
Lone Star Food Store employees said they don't know who the winner is or when the ticket was sold.
"I really hope it's someone local," said store director Larry Janning. "We've just got a lot of regular people that come in every day and play all the time, and hopefully that's who it is."
Customers also said they hope the winner is someone from Bells.
Janning said the only time the store has come close to anything like this was a winning scratch-off ticket worth $1,500.
A second winning ticket, also a quick pick, was sold in Murphy where the player matched all five numbers, but not the Powerball. That ticket, sold at an Albertson's store on Farm-to-Market Road 544, is worth about $1 million.
A second million-dollar ticket was sold in Florida.
As of this writing, neither of the Texas winners have come forward, or their names have not yet been released. So, if you bought tickets at those locations, you may want to give them a look.
The winning numbers were 9, 14, 17, 49, 57 and the Powerball was 2.
Powerball officials say, from Wednesday's drawing, 431,111 additional players won prizes totaling $4.8 million. If you weren't one of the lucky ones, your next chance at winning a Powerball jackpot is Saturday night at 9:59 p.m. CT. The estimated jackpot for that drawing is the same as Wednesday's drawing -- $40 million.
Earlier this month, the Powerball jackpot reached a record $600 million.
NBC 5's Brian Scott contributed to this report.