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Ticket sold wins $425M Powerball jackpot

Winning Powerball Ticket Sold At California Gas Station

MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) - The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in central California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34.

California lottery officials said the ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas, a city about 10 miles north of San Jose. The business will receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket.

Rajwinder Singh, an employee at the Chevron store, said late Wednesday that he believed he was probably the person who sold the winning ticket.

"I've been here working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.," he told The Associated Press. "I hope I'll find out soon."

That ticket was the only one to match all the winning numbers, Powerball officials said late Wednesday.

The jackpot was estimated at $425.3 million, with a cash payout option of $242.2 million. It's one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history - but still far from the record.

The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was a $590.5 million last May.

Wednesday's drawing also saw 17 tickets match enough numbers to win $1 million, and one ticket won a $2 million prize, according to a statement from Rose J. Hudson, chair of the Powerball Game Group and President of the Louisiana Lottery.

"Here's a bit of advice for all of those big Powerball winners: If you haven't already, sign the back of your tickets and store them in a safe place," Hudson said. "Use the claim time period to consult trusted financial and legal professionals; then you'll be prepared to bask in an amazing Powerball winning experience!"

Changes to top lottery games have created bigger jackpots in shorter periods of time. More than half of the top 10 prizes in U.S. lottery history have occurred since 2012, according to statistics provided by the Multi-State Lottery Association.

Powerball's game changes in January 2012 included an increase in ticket price from $1 to $2. Starting jackpots went from $20 million to $40 million, and pots increased by more money with each roll. Mega Millions also went through a revamp that included decreasing the odds of winning the top prize to 1 in about 259 million.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million.

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Velocity105 February 20 2014 at 10:50 PM

I just hope it wasn't someone that already has money or if they do they use it to help people in their community.

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xlch1000 February 20 2014 at 9:42 AM

Enjoy it..and put it to some good use. After you get what you want, do something to help others.
Dont be one of those jerks who blows it and complains later that it was, "the worse thing that ever happened to me"
..IF YOU CANT HANDLE THAT MUCH MONEY..FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN.

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arenadood February 20 2014 at 9:31 AM

I wish the Winner or Winners Luck. To many people bash or try to tell them what to do with their winnings. Guess what, it is their money to spend as they please. Also a reminder. You have a better chance of winning if you actually buy a ticket.

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Deb February 20 2014 at 9:03 AM

I'd settle for a reliable used car so I could go visit my mom in her residential nursing facility. Geesh.

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sonnyleonard3 February 20 2014 at 9:00 AM

Whomever won that jackpot,I hope he gets good help on what he needs to do with it,50% are broke within 5 years,pittyfull isn't it?

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AMY February 20 2014 at 8:53 AM

I NEVER WIN ANYTHING AMY

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Deb AMY February 20 2014 at 9:04 AM

I feel ya honey!

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ricci5 February 20 2014 at 9:57 AM

blackbelt ron, holy christ my head is spinning.. if you buy 54 tickets and guess one number and then multiply by the number of numbers you guessed then your chances still suck.

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cobravenom91 February 20 2014 at 8:47 AM

" Mega Millions also went through a revamp that included decreasing the odds of winning the top prize to 1 in about 259 million". "The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million". So decreased odds in one "game" by increasing the number of numbers used, and higher prices on tickets in another and what they didn't mention was an increase in the amount of "taxes" that are take from every winnings. So a combination of ridiculously low odds that continue to drop, then increase the price of tickets and increased "taxes" but make the increasingly rare jackpots bigger ......good scam.

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STEPHEN February 20 2014 at 8:36 AM

California ? By the time the state taxes it there be only $10 left .

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michelle STEPHEN February 20 2014 at 9:05 AM

Still an $8 profit on his/her $2 investment . . . ;)

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Barbara February 20 2014 at 8:32 AM

I hope it was agroup of people

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