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MIAMI---Three tickets matched all six numbers in
Wednesday s Powerball lottery drawing and will
split a US$448 million jackpot, authorities said on
The Multi-State Lottery Association said two of
the winning tickets were sold in New Jersey, while
the third was in Minnesota.
The numbers drawn on Wednesday night were 5,
25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.
No one had stepped forward as of early Thursday
morning to claim their share of the jackpot.
The New Jersey tickets were sold at a Super Stop
and Shop supermarket in South Brunswick and an
Acme Markets store in Little Egg Harbor, said Judith
Drucker, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Lottery.
The Minnesota ticket was purchased at a store in
Anoka County, which includes the northern part of
Minneapolis-S Paul, according to the Minnesota State
Lottery. Lottery officials there will not know which
retailer sold the ticket until the winning prize is
Powerball officials had said the jackpot stood at
about US$425 million on Wednesday afternoon but
swelled to US$448 million by the time of the nationally
televised drawing at 11 pm.
The odds of winning the jackpot were about one
in 175 million.
The largest jackpot in history stands at US$656
million, won in the Mega Millions lottery in March
2012. That prize was split among winners in Maryland,
Kansas and Illinois.
The biggest single-winner Powerball jackpot,
US$590.5 million, was claimed in June by an 84-year-
old Florida woman who opted for a lump-sum pay-
ment of nearly US$371 million rather than the 30-
year option. (Reuters)
Buyers in two states hit
US$448m lottery jackpot
MOSCOW---Russian President Vladimir Putin sent
a telegram yesterday to his old sparring partner,
former US President George W Bush, wishing him
a quick recovery from heart surgery.
It may have been coincidence that the Kremlin
released details of the telegram a day after Barack
Obama pulled out of a planned summit with Putin,
but little is left to chance in Russian politics.
The warm words to the man who once said he
looked Putin in the eye and got a "sense of his soul"
highlighted how different the relationship is between
the leaders in the Kremlin and the White House now.
Bush described Putin years later as cold blooded,
and ties soured over the war between Russia and
Georgia which began five years ago this week, but
there was respect and camaraderie on display when
they first met as presidents in June 2001.
At Obama s most recent meeting with Putin during
a G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, the Russian
president scowled, lectured and fidgeted. At times
Would a better relationship with Putin have made
Obama take a different decision on attending the
September talks in Moscow? Perhaps not, but a
stronger rapport might have helped them avoid a sit-
uation where such a decision was even considered.
"Sometimes, at times of crisis, when diplomats
fail to reach a compromise, personal relationships
can be important, as a last resort ... There is a lack
of personal chemistry between Obama and Putin,"
said Maria Lipman, a Russian analyst at the Moscow
Carnegie Center think tank.
Bush s good start with Putin at talks in the Slovenian
capital, Ljubljana, followed four months later by a
meeting at Bush s Texas ranch, stands in contrast to
the difficult beginning of the Obama-Putin relation-
When Obama came to Russia in July 2009, Putin
was prime minister but still the dominant figure in
Russia under the presidency of his protege Dmitry
Medvedev, and the former KGB spy invited Obama
to his dacha, or country house.
"We may not end up agreeing on everything, but
I think that we can have a tone of mutual respect
and consultation that will serve both the American
people and the Russian people well," Obama told
Diplomatic sources said that despite this, Putin
went on to give Obama a political lecture and they
failed to break the ice. Russian officials, however, say
Obama was frosty and has always been high-handed.
In wishing Bush well, Putin
sends message to Obama
This June 17 file photo shows President Barack Obama meeting with Russian
President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. AP PHOTO
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