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Ticket sold in California wins $425M Powerball jackpot

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:37 a.m. HST, Feb 20, 2014


MILPITAS, Calif.  >> The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in Northern California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34.

California lottery officials said the ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas, a city about 10 miles north of San Jose. The business will receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket.

Rajwinder Singh, an employee at the Chevron store, said late Wednesday that he believed he was probably the person who sold the winning ticket.

"I've been here working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.," he told The Associated Press. "I hope I'll find out soon."

Early Thursday morning, the scene was quiet with just few customers at the 24-hour store and gas station just off Interstate 880, a region of corporate offices in the Silicon Valley area.

The ticket was the only one to match all the winning numbers, Powerball officials said late Wednesday.

The jackpot was estimated at $425.3 million, with a cash payout option of $242.2 million. It's one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history -- but still far from the record.

A ticket for the nation's second-largest lottery prize ever was also purchased in the in the San Francisco Bay Area. In December, two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, Calif., and Atlanta, for a $636 million Mega Millions prize.

The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was a $590.5 million last May.

Wednesday's drawing also saw 17 tickets match enough numbers to win $1 million, and one ticket won a $2 million prize, according to a statement from Rose J. Hudson, chair of the Powerball Game Group and president of the Louisiana Lottery.

"Here's a bit of advice for all of those big Powerball winners: If you haven't already, sign the back of your tickets and store them in a safe place," Hudson said. "Use the claim time period to consult trusted financial and legal professionals; then you'll be prepared to bask in an amazing Powerball winning experience!"

Changes to top lottery games have created bigger jackpots in shorter periods of time. More than half of the top 10 prizes in U.S. lottery history have occurred since 2012, according to statistics provided by the Multi-State Lottery Association.

Powerball's game changes in January 2012 included an increase in ticket price from $1 to $2. Starting jackpots went from $20 million to $40 million, and pots increased by more money with each roll. Mega Millions also went through a revamp that included decreasing the odds of winning the top prize to 1 in about 259 million.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million.







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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Mr. Caldwell next time enter this race instead of your reelection bid to power our city and county to balance it's budget without nickel and diming us with ten dollar a month surcharges for certain pickup fees, while we can get it for free while combing certain areas. Message number 23456789, power ball number ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ : this message is a recording and please do not send any replies to this in box and it always is empty.
on February 19,2014 | 07:40PM
sailfish1 wrote:
"Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands." Hawaii won't allow it because there are too many weak-willed dumbos who may get corrupted by gambling.
on February 19,2014 | 11:17PM
serious wrote:
No, the reason Hawaii won't allow gambling is because of the campaign funds the legislators get from Hawaiian Air and the Vegas gambling interests. Hawaii could NET over $200,000,000 if the lottery was approved--sure beats raising taxes. I just read yesterday that Washington State expects a net revenue of $180,000,000 on pot sales!!!!
on February 20,2014 | 04:56AM
leoscott wrote:
But then you will have a lot of people wasting their life savings in hope of a dream that is will never come true. The integrity for the state of Hawaii for not having gambling is much better off than having the extra funds.
on February 20,2014 | 05:23AM
MoTown808 wrote:
In support of your statement, do you have any real-life examples of people in other states "wasting their life savings in hope" of winning a lottery game? The truth is, the vast majority of lottery game players do not waste their life-savings on these $1 and $2 game cards.
on February 20,2014 | 08:11AM
leoscott wrote:
I read an article once that said one familiy spent their entire vacation amount on the lottery in hopes of winning the jackpot. They gave up their vacation for that and if you goggle the subject you will come up with hundred of article that people wasted their savings.
on February 20,2014 | 11:44AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Correct. Don't forget to add the fact that the Coalition Against Legalized Gambling over on Fort Street refuses to disclose where they get their funding from. Most likely from the same gaming interests you mentioned...
on February 20,2014 | 06:41AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Hope the winner comes to Hawaii soon and spends the money like a drunken sailor.
on February 20,2014 | 08:46AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Bring Powerball and Mega Millions to Hawaii already.
on February 20,2014 | 09:14AM
MoTown808 wrote:
Congratulations to the new winner.
I hope they don't lose their ticket.
on February 20,2014 | 09:41AM
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