One of the winners of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday apparently used a sports connection to pick the correct numbers.
Mark Hill of Dearborn, Mo., selected numbers of legendary Kansas City Royals players on his winning ticket in the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, KTVI in St. Louis reported. Family members identified Hill, 52, as holding one of the two winning tickets.
Hill, a Royals fan, struck gold with the numbers 5 (George Brett), 6 (Willie Wilson), 16 (Bo Jackson), 22 (Dennis Leonard), 23 (Mark Gubizca) and 29 (Dan Quisenberry).
The two winners were to be officially announced at a news conference on Friday.
Hill bought his ticket in Dearborn, a northwest Missouri town with 500 residents, at a convenience store, which will receive $50,000 for selling the ticket.
The winners could opt to take a lump-sum payment of about $192 million.