Powerball ticket sold in California wins record $2.04 billion

Powerball ticket sold in California wins record $2.04 billion

LOS ANGELES — Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in Southern California has won a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot after more than three months without anyone hitting the top prize.

The winning numbers were selected on Tuesday morning, nearly 10 hours after the draw scheduled for Monday evening due to sales data processing issues at one of the game’s member lotteries. Lottery officials acknowledged the unprecedented delay for such a high-profile draw, but said the game’s security process takes priority.

“Protecting the integrity of the draw is of the utmost importance, and we were able to do so in this historic draw with the cooperation of all participating lotteries,” said Drew Svitko, Powerball Product Group President and Executive Director. of the Pennsylvania Lottery. .

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday morning at the Florida Lottery Drawing Studio in Tallahassee were: the white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, and the red Powerball was 10.

The jackpot ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, an unincorporated community in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles. A voicemail message left for Joe’s service center was not immediately returned.

For the sale of the winning ticket, Joe’s Service Center will receive a maximum Powerball bonus of $1 million.

The $2.04 billion jackpot was by far the biggest lottery prize ever won, surpassing the previous record prize of $1.586 billion won by three Powerball ticket holders in 2016. Only four previous jackpots have surpassed $1 billion. dollars, but none of them come close to the current price, which started at $20 million on August 6 and has been rising for three months without a win. No one has won the jackpot since August 3.

The jackpot was originally estimated at $1.9 billion on Monday, but the prize was increased to $2.04 billion on Tuesday morning after updated calculations.

The Multi-State Lottery Association said the scheduled draw was delayed from 10:59 p.m. EST Monday to 8:57 a.m. EST Tuesday because a participating lottery was unable to process its sales data. Once the lottery, which was not identified, completed its pre-draw procedures, the draw could proceed.

Terry Rich, a former Iowa lottery manager who also served on Powerball’s board, said the delay was likely due to a two-part ticket sales verification system that uses an outside supplier to make sure everything is in order before the game. the numbers are drawn.

“Each state must double-check that all sales and dollars match before the Multi-State Lottery Association can make the draw,” said Rich, who ran the Iowa Lottery for 10 years and has served as president of the North American Lottery Association. . “It is a state-by-state procedure, which separates the whole process and has been very efficient.”

Rich said state lotteries face similar issues several times a year, but the delays don’t usually get much attention because the potential jackpots are far lower than what was up for grabs that week.

The winning numbers and recorded video of the draw were posted on the Powerball YouTube channel.

The $2.04 billion prize is for a winner who chooses an annuity, paid annually over 29 years. Almost all of the winners opt for cash instead, which has been valued at $997.6 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

The game is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

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McFetridge reported from Des Moines, Iowa.

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