Record $2.04 Billion Powerball Jackpot Won by Single Ticket
Lottery officials announced that a single winning ticket for the world record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot was sold in Altadena, California.
It means that the enormous prize in its entirety will go to the ticket holder who had purchased the winning ticket at a Joe’s Service Center. The odds of matching all six numbers were 1 in 292.2 million, the winning numbers were 10-33-41-47-56, and the Powerball was 10.
While there may have only been one jackpot winner, there will have been several winners of smaller prizes, some of which will have been worth considerable amounts of money. According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, more than 11.2 million tickets won prizes worth a total of $98.2 million. This includes 22 ticket holders that won a $1 million prize for matching the five main numbers and not the Powerball.
The jackpot was first advertised as a record $1.9 billion, but by the time the draw took place, it had grown to $2.04 billion, by far the world’s largest lottery prize. Entertainingly, the jackpot was so large that lottery officials in California did not have signage that could cope with it. For instance, at the gas station where the winning ticket was sold they had to tape a “B” over the sign that reads “Millionaire made here” so that it would read “Billionaire made here”.
While the winner has yet to come forward, Joseph Chahayed, the 75-year-old owner of the gas station where the winning ticket was bought, was awarded a $1 million bonus check by lottery officials. He said that he would be sharing the prize money with his family and 11 grandchildren.