Lottery Winner Nabs $425 Million Powerball Prize

Sixth-largest in U.S. history

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For one lucky person in California, 1, 17, 35, 49, 54, and 34 were the magic numbers to the tune of more than $400 million.

A single ticket, purchased in the San Francisco Bay area, matched all six winning numbers in the nationwide Poweball lottery Wednesday night, which according to officials is worth roughly $425 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. The haul makes it the sixth-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

There were no reports of the winner’s identity on Thursday morning, only that the winning ticket was sold at Dixie Landing Chevron gas station in the town of Milpitas. The winner beat odds of about 1 in 175 million to hit the jackpot. According to lottery officials, the winner can claim the prize as an annuity paid over 30 years or as a lump sum worth roughly $242 million.

The largest single winner in Powerball history garnered $590 million before taxes in 2013, Reuters reports. Two winners split a $648 million jackpot last December, one of which purchased the ticket from a gift shop about 10 miles from Milpitas.

[Los Angeles Times]


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