Powerball ticket sold in California wins record $2.04 billion – Daily Local
By STEFANIE DAZIO and SCOTT McFETRIDGE (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 precedence.
“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, president of Powerball Product Group and executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery. .
On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Lottery acknowledged that its sales verification system was the cause of the long delay.
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. For selling the winning ticket, business owner Joe Chahayed will receive a maximum Powerball bonus of $1 million.
” I am very surprised. Very excited. Very happy,” said Chahayed, who wore a bright yellow California Lottery shirt and cap.
Chahayed said he doesn’t know who won the giant prize, but hopes it’s someone local.
“I wish I had known the person, but most of the people who buy tickets from me are from the neighborhood. I hope one of them will be the winner,” he said.
Chahayed said he would spend his million dollars on his five children and donate part of it to the community.
According to California rules, the name of the winner must be disclosed, but no other information, including the winner’s address, must be made public.
Thomas Murrell said he stopped at Joe’s on Tuesday morning with the intention of buying gas and $200 Powerball tickets, in case no one won the giant jackpot.
“I know Joe. I’ve known him for years and talk to him all the time,” Murrell said. “Joe has always been a lucky guy. He’s a good guy. I’m not surprised it happened here.
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 Minnesota completed its pre-draw procedures, the draw could proceed.
Marie Hinton, a Minnesota Lottery spokeswoman, said the lottery is reviewing what happened and hopes to report its findings by Wednesday.
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.
McFetridge reported from Des Moines, Iowa.