At Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, California, it was worth the wait.
A single ticket sold at the Los Angeles-area convenience store won the record-breaking $2.04 billion Powerball drawing Tuesday – a historic drawing for a jumbo jackpot that was delayed for almost 10 hours, testing the patience of lottery lovers everywhere.
“We want to thank all of our community members that always come that are dedicated to this station,” said owner Joe Chahayed Jr. at a Tuesday press conference. “They truly believe in luck and they truly believe that some things are just deserved to be.”
The winning numbers were 10-33-41-47-56 and the Powerball was 10.
No winner has come forward yet, but the service center basked in the $1 million bonus for selling the golden ticket.
The largest lottery prize ever climbed to $2.04 billion on Tuesday morning, and the lump sum for the jackpot was at $997.6 million. In addition to the jackpot-winning ticket, 22 tickets worth $1 million that matched all five numbers except the Powerball were sold in 16 states, Powerball officials said.
Monday’s highly anticipated drawing was delayed because a participating lottery was still processing its sales and play data, the Multi-State Lottery Association said. As soon as the required procedures were completed by the one outstanding lottery, the drawing proceeded just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The delay was likely because of a two-part verification system of ticket sales that uses an outside vendor to ensure all is in order before the game’s numbers are drawn, said Terry Rich, a former director of the Iowa Lottery who also served on the Powerball board.
Where was the winning Powerball ticket sold? Who won?
On Tuesday, California Lottery officials delivered the $1 million bonus check to the owners of the service station. One owner, Joseph Chahayed Sr., said he wants to share the money with his 11 grandchildren.
It could be a while before the identity of the Powerball winner is revealed. In California, Powerball jackpot winners have a year to claim their prize, according to the state lottery website.
Although financial experts warn winners not to tell anyone they’ve won, the winner’s name is considered a public record in the state of California. The California Lottery said a winner’s full name, the name and location of the retailer that sold the ticket, and the amount of the winnings, including the gross and net installment payments, are all subject to disclosure.
Here’s how to play Powerball
Powerball is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST.
Each ticket costs $2. Players can either select five white ball numbers from 1-69 and one red “Powerball” number from 1-26 or choose to do a “quick pick” which randomly selects numbers for them, according to Powerball.
For an extra $1, you can opt into “Powerplay,” which multiplies non-jackpot winning prizes by a factor of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10.
What are the Powerball prizes?
You only need one matching number to win a prize. To win the jackpot, you must have all six matching numbers.
Here is a guide to winnings:
- 1 matching number that is the Powerball number: $4
- 1 matching number + the Powerball number: $4
- 2 matching numbers + the Powerball number: $7
- 3 matching numbers: $7
- 3 matching numbers + the Powerball number: $100
- 4 matching numbers: $100
- 4 matching numbers + the Powerball numbers: $50,000
- 5 matching numbers: $1 million
- 5 matching numbers + the Powerball number: Grand prize
What are the highest Powerball jackpots of all time?
- $2.04 billion: Nov. 7
- $1.586 billion: Jan. 13, 2016 – CA, FL, TN
- $768.4 million: March 27, 2019 – WI
- $758.7 million: Aug. 23, 2017 – MA
- $731.1 million: Jan. 20, 2021 – MD
- $699.8 million: Oct. 4, 2021 – CA
- $687.8 million: Oct. 27, 2018 – IA, NY
- $632.6 million: Jan. 5, 2022 – CA, WI
- $590.5 million: May 18, 2013 – FL
- $587.5 million: Nov. 28, 2012 – AZ, MO
Contributing: The Associated Press; Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press
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