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Two big Powerball tickets sold in North Dakota

GRAFTON, N.D.-- Two North Dakota shoppers are big winners in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing. The winner of one of two big prizes in North Dakota purchased the ticket at Hugo's in Grafton, the North Dakota Lottery Commission said today. The o...

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The winning Powerball numbers are shown after being drawn at the Florida Lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida January 13, 2016. The winning numbers are 8-27-34-4-19 and the Powerball number is 10. A winning ticket for the biggest-ever $1.59 billion Powerball lottery jackpot was sold in California, state lottery officials said on Wednesday. REUTERS

GRAFTON, N.D.- Two North Dakota shoppers are big winners in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.

The winner of one of two big prizes in North Dakota purchased the ticket at Hugo's in Grafton, the North Dakota Lottery Commission said today.

The other ticket, worth $100,000, was purchased at the Cenex Store in Turtle Lake, N.D. The base ticket actually was for $50,000. Since the player purchased the Power Play option for $1 extra per play, the prize was doubled, making the ticket worth $100,000, according to a news release from the Lottery Commission.

Nationwide, at least three people will share a $1.5 billion Powerball prize, the largest in history. The winning tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee.

The Grafton store winner had not claimed the prize, as of Friday. In North Dakota, lottery winners can choose to remain anonymous.

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Wednesday's $50,000 Powerball was not the largest lottery prize ever won at the Grafton grocery store.

In 2009, a rural Grafton resident claimed a $1.6 million jackpot in the North Dakota Lottery's Wild Card 2 game. And less than a month before that, another resident hit a $200,000 Powerball prize at the store, which then was Wally's Supermarket.

Two Powerball prizes of at least $1 million have been claimed in Williston during the past year.

A $2 million prize was purchased at a Simonson Station Store, while a $1 million prize was claimed at Horizon Resource Cenex last January.

Here are other prizes of at least $50,000 that have been purchased in North Dakota in the past year:

$100,000 Powerball ticket in Beulah in December.

$90,000 Hot Lotto prize in Minot in October.

$90,000 Hot Lotto in Wilton in September.

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$50,000 Powerball prize in Scranton last January.

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