Single Winning Ticket for $2.04 Billion Powerball Jackpot Sold in California | CNN

CNN — A single winning lottery ticket for the record $2.04 billion Powerball lottery jackpot has been sold in Altadena, California, lottery officials said on Tuesday that the lottery owner became the biggest lottery winner ever. The California Lottery announced on Twitter that tickets were sold at Joe’s Service Center. According to the results posted on Powerball.com, there was one winner in California who matched all six numbers. According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, the odds were 1 in 292.2 million. According to the association, the winning numbers announced on Tuesday morning after Monday night’s draw were postponed were 10-33-41-47-56 and 10 for Powerball. And while you may not be the jackpot winner, the lottery is urging players to check their tickets for a chance to win one of the other winners. A total of $98.1 million (including 22 tickets to win $1 million by matching 5 white numbers, excluding the Powerball). The jackpot was an all-time high of $1.9 billion, but grew to $2.04 billion at the time of the lottery, the association said in a statement: “It has become the world’s largest lottery jackpot.” In fact, the jackpot was so great that California lottery officials didn’t have the proper signage. At a gas station northeast of Los Angeles where winning tickets were sold, they said, “Millionaire made. Here,” it reads instead, “Billionaires were born here.” “There is no winner yet,” said Carolyn Becker, spokeswoman for the California Lottery. “Someone is holding a very important piece of paper this morning.” But the vote made a millionaire. The gas station owner, Joseph Chahayed, was paid $1 million to become a retailer who sold the winning tickets. Chahaid, who came to the United States from Syria with his wife and two children in 1980, told reporters that he arrived at a gas station on Tuesday morning to find California lottery officials waiting for him. He said, “They said, ‘Congratulations, your station sent a winner.'” He added that he hoped the winner would live in the neighborhood. The 11-year-old grandfather also said he was happy that the lottery helped California schools. The announcement of the winners on Tuesday came after officials postponed Monday night’s draw due to a problem the Multi-State Lottery Association calls a “technical issue.” The association said the overnight delay occurred because one lottery ticket initially needed more time to process sales and replay data. On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Lottery announced that its sales confirmation system had delayed the draw due to processing delays. The Minnesota Lottery said the delay was “necessary to ensure that the Powerball draw could proceed safely and accurately.” “The integrity of the process has never been compromised.” All 48 lotteries must be submitted for sale and play before winning numbers can be selected, the Multi-State Lottery Association issued a statement overnight. The association said, “Powerball has strict security requirements to protect the integrity of the game and is committed to holding a lottery that provides a fair chance to win for all players.” “Like other parts of the United States, Powerball aspires to draw a world record jackpot,” the association said in a follow-up statement before the draw on Tuesday morning. “But protecting the integrity of the draw is paramount. Even if that means an additional delay,” a statement early on Tuesday urged players to put their tickets on hold. Tuesday’s jackpot hit the 41st draw, hitting the 6th Powerball jackpot in 2022, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The last Powerball jackpot was won in Pennsylvania on Aug. 3. The biggest Powerball jackpot ever recorded was in January 2016, with three winners sharing the advertised prize pool of $1.586 billion, each with a cash value of $1.586 billion. He took his share, which amounted to $983.5 million. The Powerball draw is held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 PM EST Powerball charges $2 per ticket and It is played by having the player choose 5 white balls from 1 to 69 and a red Powerball from 1 to 26. Players win a huge jackpot if they match all 6 numbers Match all 5 numbers and Powerball numbers The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million, but before 2015, white balls were numbered from 1 to 59 and Powerball numbers were from 1 to 35. These changes now allow gamblers to win small prizes. The odds are higher, but the odds of winning the jackpot are lower, so the larger number will grow with the record size.

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