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At least 3 winning tickets sold for $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot

At least 3 winning tickets sold for $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot - A winning ticket for Wednesday night's world record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot was sold in suburban Los Angeles, another in Florida and a third in Tennessee, California lottery officials said.

The identities of the buyers of the winning tickets weren't known.

It could take several hours before officials find out whether any other winning tickets were sold elsewhere.

The store and its surrounding strip mall immediately became a wildly popular assembly spot in the usually quiet Los Angeles suburb. TV recording showed hundreds of people, from news crews to gawkers, flocking the store.

They cheered and jumped on TV cameras as if it were New Year's Eve or a sporting event. Many recited, "Chino Hills! Chino Hills!" in celebration of their city.

Officials of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which holds the Powerball game, said they anticipated more than 85 percent of the possible number combinations would have been bought for the drawing. The chances of winning were 1 in 292.2 million.

Powerball tickets are retailed in 44 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

But residents in the six states that don't participate found ways to get the tickets. According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, some of the biggest Powerball sales have come from cities bordering states that don't sell the tickets.