February 23, 2024

Powerball $1bn jackpot won by lucky ticket holder in California

No need to wait any longer as the winning Powerball ticket worth an estimated $1.08bn has been sold in California.

The winning ticket was purchased at Las Palmitas Mini Market in downtown Los Angeles.

Making the announcement on Twitter, the California Lottery said: “California has a new Powerball Billionaire! One lucky ticket sold at Las Palmitas Mini Market in Los Angeles was the only ticket nationwide to match all 6 numbers in the July 19th #Powerball lottery, winning the $1 billion Powerball Jackpot.”

The organization also said seven additional tickets matched 5 of the numbers – meaning these ticket holders will also win a prize of $448,750 each.

“Golden State’s luck was in full effect when California sold SEVEN additional tickets that matched 5 numbers that were missing but the Powerball, winning $448,750 each, in Hayward, La Puente, Los Angeles, Northridge, San Francisco, Santa Clara and South Lake Tahoe,” the lottery said.

So what are the winning numbers?

The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s draw were: 7,10,11,13,24 and Powerball red 24.

Final ticket sales pushed the jackpot past its earlier estimate of $1bn to $1.08bn at the time of the draw, moving it from the seventh largest to the sixth largest US lottery jackpot ever won.

The winner can choose the total jackpot paid in annual increments or an amount of $558.1m before taxes.

When the jackpot was won on April 19, a lottery player in Ohio took home $252.6m in the jackpot – a huge prize that has not been won by anyone since.

A Powerball ticket usually costs around $2, but you can add the Power Play for $1, which will increase the size of your potential prize up to five times the original value.

Players can choose up to five numbers from one to 69 for the white balls and one number from one to 25 for the red Powerball. The lottery machine can also make a random choice for you.

People line up to buy Powerball tickets at a 7 Eleven liquor store

(AP)

Winners can win prizes from $4 for matching Powerball to $1m for matching all five white balls with the jackpot for matching all six balls.

According to the Powerball website, the next draw will be on Saturday July 22 with an estimated jackpot of $20m and a cash value of $10m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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