Date
21 October 2017
A man takes a selfie with Balbir Atwal (center), the owner of a 7-Eleven store where a winning Powerball ticket was sold in Chino Hills, California. Photo: Reuters
A man takes a selfie with Balbir Atwal (center), the owner of a 7-Eleven store where a winning Powerball ticket was sold in Chino Hills, California. Photo: Reuters

Record US$1.6 bln Powerball jackpot will be split three ways

The record US$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot in the US will be split three ways with winning tickets sold in Tennessee, California and Florida.

The winning numbers were 08 27 34 04 19 and Powerball 10, picked in a drawing on Wednesday night. The odds of having the correct numbers were 1 in 292 million.

Each winning ticket is now worth US$528.8 million, Reuters quoted California lottery officials as saying.

California is one of 44 states plus Washington DC and two US territories that sold millions of Powerball tickets.

The winners can take the money in annual payments spread over decades or a smaller amount in a lump sum.

There had been 20 Powerball drawings since Nov. 4, the last time there was a winning ticket for the jackpot. This allowed the prize money to reach a record US$1.586 billion.

The winners in Florida and Tennessee have not come forward, lottery officials in those states said, and officials have not said if anyone in California had claimed the prize.

One ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Chino Hills, east of Los Angeles, while the two other winning tickets were sold in Munford, Tennessee, and Melbourne Beach, Florida.

Crowds descended on the California store that sold a winning ticket, with customers snapping pictures and congratulating the sales associate.

The store will receive a US$1 million bonus.

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