Thursday February 20 2014 – The Powerball jackpot in last nightâ€™s draw was worth an incredible $425 million and was won by a single ticket purchased in California. This is only the second jackpot winner from the Golden State since they joined Powerball in April 2013.
California lottery officials have confirmed that the winning ticket was purchased from the Dixon Landing Chevron store in Milpitas, Santa Clara and the owner of the store will receive a retailer bonus of $1 million for selling the winning ticket. Rajwinder Singh, an employee at the Chevron store, believes that he sold the winning ticket. â€œI’ve been here working from 8am to 8pm,â€ he said. â€œI hope I’ll find out soon.â€
The lucky jackpot winner matched all five main numbers (1-17-35-49-54) and the Powerball number (34) to scoop the sixth largest jackpot in US lottery history. California does not tax lottery prizes so the winner has the option to receive their prize as 30 annual payments of $10.6 million or a cash payment of $181.6 million.
The other Powerball jackpot won in California was worth $213 million and won on October 23 2013 by Carl and Erlinda Mitchell. Carl, a retired nuclear medicine technician and Erlinda, a retired nurse, had played the same three sets of numbers on Powerball, Mega Millions and Super Lotto Plus every week but, despite their jackpot win, told officials that they had no intention of stopping their weekly games.
In the last two years, Powerball jackpot prizes have increased significantly, due to ticket prices doubling to $2 and California joining the 42 other states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands in playing the game. On average, California sells the highest number of Powerball tickets in every draw and out of the 91,515,511 tickets that were sold for last nightâ€™s draw, sales in California reached a huge $20.5 million.
As well as the jackpot winner in last nightâ€™s draw, 18 ticket holders matched all five main numbers to win $1 million each. The winning tickets were purchased in Arizona (1), California (2)*, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), New York (2), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (1) and West Virginia (1). However, the winning ticket holder from Texas opted for the Power Play and so their win increased to $2 million.
The California Lottery has yet to release a statement regarding the jackpot win but LotteryWorld will bring you the latest on this story when they do.
*The two Match 5 winners from California each won $1.4 million due to prizes in the state being paid on a pari-mutuel basis.