A sole winning lottery ticket in the US has bagged the entire million jackpot.
The lucky punter matched all six numbers on their Powerball ticket which was sold in southern California.Lottery officials said the earliest the $447.8 million ticket could be redeemed is 8am tomorrow.
The winner has one year to claim the prize which is the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, lottery officials said Sunday.
Liquor store owner Matthew Alberre said he does not know which of his customers won the jackpot or what his family will do with the $1 million “retailer bonus” that lottery officials said is set aside for the retailer selling the winning ticket.
“We’re so blessed for this to happen,” said Alberre, who owns the store with his father.
“Starting out the year it seemed like it was going to be the worst year in the world and six months later our store hit the Powerball. We’re very, very grateful for this to happen to our store,” Alberre said.
Powerball spokesman Randy Miller said the estimated jackpot prize is based on a winner choosing an annuity, which pays off over 29 years. The cash prize would be $279.1 million. Both prize amounts would be before taxes are deducted.
Before the drawing Saturday night the jackpot was estimated at $435 million. The jackpot had grown because no one had matched all the numbers since April 1.
The odds of winning Saturday’s drawing were only one in 292.2 million.
Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.