Published: Fri, January 15, 2016
Business | By Max Garcia

1 winning lottery ticket sold in Melbourne Beach


There were at least three winners for the record-shattering $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot in Wednesday night's drawing. Lottery officials said the 12 cities in California that sold tickets matching five of the six numbers were Nipton, Chula Vista, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Tustin, Pacoima, Vacaville, Cloverdale, Redlands, Gardena and Irwindale.

The person in Chino Hills had purchased a ticket with the winning combination drawn minutes earlier: 4-8-19-27-34 and the Powerball number 10. The identities of the winners were not yet official, but this ticket buyer posted his picture on Twitter.

Lottery officials say the states with the big winners were California, Tennessee and Florida.

Each of the winning tickets is worth $528.8 million, lottery officials said in California, one of 44 states plus Washington D.C. and two US territories that sold millions of Powerball tickets.

The chance to win big drew countless customers to convenience stores across the country and across the state, despite an odd of about 1 in 252 million of winning.

With Wednesday's Powerball drawing now set at $1.5 billion, the largest lottery jackpot in USA history, take a look at the current top 10 jackpots of all time. The odds of winning were 1 in 292.2 million.

The tickets that were sold in California, Tennessee and Florida matched all six numbers and those players will share the record $1.58 Billion jackpot.

Many just stood around to cheer and mug for the TV cameras that descended on the city.

Spokesman Alex Traverso tells The Associated Press the jackpot-winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, about 25 miles northeast of Anaheim.

The big-time winners were sold in two of the luckiest states in the US, in terms of total winners.

In November, a Tennessee ticket holder claimed a $144.1 million prize.

The jackpot will be paid in annual payments over 29 years, unless the victor or winners opt for a lump-sum payment. El Gordo last month showered 2.2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) across the country. The association oversees the Powerball Lottery, but management rotates annually among member states.

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