The $1.08 billion prize was won by a single Los Angeles Powerball ticket that matched all six numbers.
The $1.08 billion prize was won by a single Los Angeles Powerball ticket that matched all six numbers. © Images AGN

The $1.08 billion winning Powerball ticket from Wednesday night’s drawing was bought at a grocery store in Los Angeles. The winner or winners have not yet come forward to claim the prize, which is one of the biggest in the game’s history.

The Powerball number was 24, and the winning numbers were 7, 13, 10, 24, 11, and 24.

Powerball says that the winner will be able to choose between a $1.08 billion prize paid out in stages over 29 years or a $558.1 million prize paid all at once. Both options are before taxes.

The prize won on Wednesday is the sixth-largest US lotto jackpot and the third-largest Powerball jackpot. The world record Powerball jackpot of $2.04 billion was won in California last year, and the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot was won in 2016.

The California Lottery says that the winning ticket for Wednesday was bought at Las Palmitas Mini Market in downtown Los Angeles. The shop will get almost $1 million because it sold the winning ticket.

Angélica Menjvar, whose mother owns the store, told reporters that they were happy to get the bonus but didn’t know how to spend it yet.

As Nabor Herrera, who works at the store, drove to work Thursday morning, reporters surrounded his car and told him that the shop had sold the winning ticket.

“I didn’t know, and I’m learning right now as they surround me,” he said. “They wouldn’t let me park there.”

He said that three of his customers bought a lot of tickets, and he hoped that one of his many regulars would be the winner. He was excited to check on two tickets he had bought.

“Blessed, and thank God someone won,” he said. “We also get something.”

Herrera was first thought to be the owner, but a spokesman for the lottery told CNN after the news conference that he worked there.

In California, people who win the Powerball jackpot have one year to get their money. After their claim is approved, they have 60 days to decide which payment they want.

Even though only one ticket won the jackpot, players are being told to check their tickets in case they won one of the other seven wins, which range from $4 million to $2 million (based on the rules of the state lottery).

The state’s public schools were also a winner.

Carolyn Becker, a spokeswoman for the California lotto, said that just from this one game, the lotto has raised nearly $80 million for public schools.

A Powerball news release says that in addition to Wednesday’s big winner, 36 tickets sold in 16 states matched all five white balls to win $1 million in most states. The California lottery site says that seven of these tickets were sold in California, where the winners will get $448,750 each. Non-jackpot prizes in California depend on how many people win and how many tickets are sold, so they are not the same as the set prizes on Powerball’s site.

On its website, Powerball says that the odds of getting the prize are 1 in 292,2 million.

Before Wednesday, there hadn’t been a jackpot winner in 38 drawings. The last one was on April 19, when a ticket in Ohio matched all six numbers to win a $252.6 million big prize.

Drew Svitko, who is the Powerball Product Group Chair and the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said, “Congratulations to our newest Powerball jackpot winner and the California Lottery!” “For more than 30 years, Powerball has helped people dream big and win big. In the process, it has raised billions of dollars for good causes that lotteries support.”

Last year, the record $2.04 billion Powerball prize was won by a single ticket in California. Because of this, the gas station owner who sold the winning ticket also became a millionaire.

Those who didn’t win a million dollars right away on Wednesday may still have a chance with the Mega Millions drawing. The Mega Millions prize on Friday is worth about $720 million if it is paid out over 30 years, or $369.6 million if it is paid out in cash.

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