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Powerball: One winning ticket for the $2.04 billion jackpot was sold in California

Powerball: One winning ticket for the $2.04 billion jackpot was sold in California



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The only winning ticket for a record $2.04 billion Powerball lottery jackpot was sold in Altadena, California, lottery officials said Tuesday, making the lucky ticket holder the winner of the lottery’s biggest prize ever.

The ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center, The California Lottery announced on Twitter. Published results on Powerball.com similarly, one winner was said to have matched all six numbers in California — whose odds were 1 in 292.2 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.

The winning numbers, which were announced Tuesday morning after Monday night’s drawing was postponed, were 10-33-41-47-56, and the Powerball was 10, according to the association.

And even though you probably didn’t hit the jackpot, lotteries urge players to check their tickets for a chance to win one of the other—albeit smaller—prizes: According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, more than 11.2 million tickets have won cash prizes totaling of $98.1 million, including 22 tickets that won the $1 million prize for matching five white numbers, but not for Powerball.

The jackpot was a record $1.9 billion but had grown to $2.04 billion by the time of the drawing, the association said in a statement, “making it the world’s largest lottery prize” — just as organizers intended when they changed odds in 2015.

Tuesday’s announcement came after officials postponed Monday night’s drawing due to what the Multi-State Lottery Association called a “technical issue.”

The association initially said there was an overnight delay when a participating lottery took longer to process sales and game data, echoing earlier statement by the California Lottery, which said the lottery needed additional time to complete necessary security protocols.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Lottery announced that its sales verification system had experienced a processing delay, causing the drawing to be delayed.

“The delay was necessary to confirm that the Powerball drawing could be conducted safely and accurately,” the Minnesota Lottery said in a statement. “At no point was the integrity of the process compromised.”

All 48 participating lotteries must submit their sales and games before winning numbers can be selected, the multistate lottery association said in a statement. “Powerball has strict safety requirements to protect the integrity of the game and remains committed to maintaining a draw that gives all players a fair chance to win,” the association said.

“Like the rest of America, Powerball is eager to hold the drawing for the world record jackpot,” the association said in a statement Tuesday morning before the drawing, “however, protecting the integrity of the drawing is of the utmost importance, even if it means an additional delay.” in a statement early Tuesday, urging players to hold onto their cards.

According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, Tuesday’s jackpot was won in the 41st drawing, marking the sixth time the Powerball jackpot has been won in 2022. August 3 in Pennsylvania.

The biggest Powerball The jackpot ever won was in January 2016, when three winners shared a prize advertised at $1.586 billion. Each took their share of the cash value, which totaled $983.5 million.

Powerball drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 PM ET.

Powerball is played by charging $2 per ticket and players choosing five white balls from the numbers 1 to 69 and a red Powerball from the numbers 1 to 26. If the player gets all six numbers correct, they win a huge jackpot.

Chances of winning the jackpot by matching all 5 numbers and the Powerball number are one in 292.2 million.

Before 2015, however, white balls were numbered 1 to 59 and Powerball numbers 1 to 35. Change means that now gamblers they have a better chance of winning small prizes, but a worse chance of winning the jackpot, making it more likely that the large numbers will grow to record sizes.





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