November 29, 2012
About 9,000 people per second were clicking on the Colorado Lottery web-site Wednesday following the drawing for the jackpot worth more than half a billion dollars.
People had been coming to Colorado from out-of-state to buy Powerball tickets with dreams of striking it big
Other states had their web pages crash due to the massive amounts of traffic after the drawing, said Heather Black, spokeswoman for Colorado Lottery. Ready for that possibility, Black said the main Colorado lottery page was locked with the winning numbers so it remained intact.
Powerball officials said that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $579.9 million jackpot.
While no one from Colorado won the grand amount, the drawing did make a millionaire out of one Coloradoan, Black said.
One ticket worth $2 million was sold at a Diamond Shamrock gas station in Wheat Ridge, Black said. In addition, there were four tickets sold worth $40,000 and two worth $10,000, purchased at various locations, Black said.