A single winning ticket for a whopping $447.8 million Powerball lottery jackpot was sold by the Marietta Liquor and Deli store in Sun City, California, the California Lottery said on late Saturday.
The almost half-a-billion dollar jackpot is the seventh largest in Powerball history, and reportedly the tenth largest in USA lottery history.
The winning numbers were were 20, 26, 32, 38, 58 and the Powerball number 3. The jackpot had grown because no one had matched all the numbers since April 1.
He said locals are “shocked and surprised” at the news, and that many have already come into the shop to buy more lottery tickets (of course, the next jackpot was only a paltry $40 million as of Sunday afternoon because of the big win).
The Powerball game is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. That prize was split among three winnners. The victor can choose to receive the whole jackpot in annuity payments over the course of 29 years, or claim a smaller lump sum up front, according to CNN.
Officials say the retailer where the winning ticket was sold will receive a $1 million “retailer bonus”.
The cash prize would be $279.1 million.
The store is just off a highway in an area originally developed as a retirement community.
Alberre’s father, who co-owns the store, suffers from pulmonary fibrosis. Today, they are part of Menifee, population 89,000, but those living in Sun City still proudly call the community by its original name, Blais said. Both amounts do not figure in a deduction for taxes.
The odds of winning Saturday’s drawing were one in 292.2 million.
Associated Press writer Scott McFetridge contributed from Des Moines, Iowa.