Each of the winning tickets is worth $528.8 million to the
holders, lottery officials said in California, one of 44 states plus
Washington, D.C., and two U.S. territories that sold millions of
The winning numbers of 08 27 34 04 19 and Powerball 10, picked in a
drawing on Wednesday night, appeared on tickets sold in three
stores: a 7-Eleven convenience store in Chino Hills, California, a
Publix supermarket in Melbourne Beach, Florida and Naifeh's Food
Mart in Munford, Tennessee. The jackpot winners overcame odds of 1
in 292 million.
"The Chino Hills winner has not come forward yet," California
Lottery said on its Twitter feed.
Los Angeles TV station KABC backed away from a story it reported
that a registered nurse in Pomona, California, was one of the
jackpot winners after the woman's daughter said her mother was not
At a media conference in front of the California 7-Eleven, lottery
officials presented a symbolic check for $1 million to the owner of
the franchise, Balbir Atwal, for selling a jackpot winning ticket.
He said he would give some of the bonus money to charity and share
some of it with his friends and family.
With each state setting its own lottery rules, the Tennessee
retailer, located in a Memphis suburb, received $25,000 and the
Florida retailer, located in a tiny coastal town, will get $100,000
at an undetermined date, lottery officials said.
The announcement of the winners came after the previous 19 drawings
produced no jackpot winners. With the grand prize rolling over each
time, the bounty soared to a record $1.586 billion, fueled by what
had become a national preoccupation with Powerball and the prospect
of taking home untold riches.
In towns and cities across the country, millions of would-be
billionaires, many of them who had never before played a lottery,
stood in long lines to buy tickets.
It was the largest lottery prize ever offered in North America, and
no other lottery in the world had ever featured a jackpot of that
size that could be won on a single ticket.
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The winners in Florida and Tennessee have not come forward, lottery
officials in those states said.
Under the rules, a winner has up to a year to do so. All three
states with winners have laws requiring their names to be released
publicly, according to the Powerball website.
To receive the full jackpot amount, winners must accept a multi-year
annuity, whereas the lump sum cash payout for the jackpot was about
$983.5 million, lottery officials said.
In November, a Tennessee ticket holder claimed a $144.1 million
Aside from the jackpot winners in Wednesday's drawing, some 26
million ticket holders won smaller prizes ranging from $2 million to
$4, depending on the combination of numbers matched in the Powerball
drawing, said Kelly Cripe, spokeswoman for the Texas lottery.
For every $1 worth of Powerball sales, half goes to prizes, 40
percent is earmarked for things such as education, and 10 percent
goes to retailers who sell the tickets and administrative costs,
The cycle will start again on Saturday night when the next Powerball
drawing will have an estimated jackpot of $40 million, according to
the lottery operator's website.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Additional reporting by Colleen
Jenkins, Suzannah Gonzales, Barbara Goldberg and Jon Herskovitz;
Editing by Grant McCool and Peter Cooney)
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