€1.5bn US Powerball jackpot is shared by three winners in three states
Winning tickets in the nearly $1.6bn (€1.48bn) Powerball lottery were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee, leaving at least three people to split the record jackpot.
California Lottery officials confirmed that the winning six numbers had been bought at a convenience store outside Los Angeles, as well as at locations in Florida and Tennessee. The identity of the winners was not immediately known.
The six winning numbers were 8, 27, 34, 4, 19 and Powerball 10. They were picked during a draw on Wednesday night at lottery offices in Tallahassee, Florida.
In Chino Hills, a suburb east of Los Angeles, crowds descended on a 7-Eleven store where one of the winning tickets had been bought, taking photos and congratulating staff. The store will receive a $1m (€922,000) bonus.
The odds of picking a winning combination were one in 292 million.
The prospect of a huge payout sparked a ticket-buying frenzy that was expected to reach a rate of $1.3m (€1.2m) a minute during Wednesday's evening commuter rush hour.
Since the jackpot was last won on November 4, a total of $2.65bn (€2.44bn) worth of Powerball tickets were sold.
"If I win, I'll give it all away to poor people," said New York restaurant delivery man Oscan Gamie, after buying a dozen of the $2 tickets at a midtown Manhattan grocery.
Tatiann Cave, a 23-year-old carer, said she would use the jackpot to start her own cosmetics business, adding: "I'd like to quit my job and do something inspiring."