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Powerball ticket sold in California wins $1.765 billion jackpot, second largest in U.S. lottery history

A single ticket sold in California won the gargantuan $1.765 billion Powerball jackpot Wednesday night, the second largest in U.S. lottery history, according to Powerball officials. Late ticket sales pushed the grand prize past its initial estimate of $1.73 billion.

The biggest jackpot in the history of Powerball and the American lottery was $2.04 billionwhich was won in November 2022 by a man from the Los Angeles area.

Wednesday night’s numbers were white balls 22, 24, 40, 52, 64 and red Powerball 10.

The winning ducat was purchased at Midway Market & Liquor in Frazier Park, CA.about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, Powerball officials reported.

The holder(s) of the winning ticket will have the choice between a lump sum payment of $774.1 million before taxes or an annuity with immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments.

There haven’t been any Powerball grand prize winners since a single ticket sold in Los Angeles claims a $1.08 billion pot of gold on July 19. Wednesday night’s drawing was the 36th since then, lottery officials said.

It was the first time in Powerball history that three consecutive jackpots reached the $1 billion mark, according to Powerball officials.

The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

Powerball tickets cost $2 each. They are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings take place Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m. EDT.

Billion-dollar lottery jackpots have become more common in recent years, as Powerball and Mega Millions have done ticket prices increased and reduces the chances of winning the jackpot. According to the Washington Post, Powerball reduced the odds of winning in 2015 from 1 in 175.2 million to 1 in 292.2 million currently.

additional reporting by Brian Dakss


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