A Powerball player from California has won a record-breaking $2 billion prize
According to the website for the lottery game that was updated on Tuesday, a player in the state of California was the sole purchaser of the winning Powerball ticket that was sold for the $2.044 billion prize. The news brought an end to a streak of forty lotteries that had failed to yield a winner and pushed the grand prize into uncharted territory. The winning player, the identity of whom is being withheld, for the time being, has been offered the choice between getting the total prize money in a single lump sum of $997.6 million or in twenty-nine equal payments over the course of their lifetime.
The winning ticket was purchased from Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, California. Altadena is located approximately five miles (or eight kilometers) north of Pasadena in Los Angeles County. Only one in 292.2 million possible permutations resulted in all six digits (10, 33, 41, 47, 56, and 10) being successfully drawn from the hat. A previous record for the Powerball jackpot was set in 2016 when it reached a similar amount. It came about as a result of the fact that a winning prize worth $1.59 billion was split among three ticket holders from the states of California, Florida, and Tennessee.
There have been numerous stories in the media indicating that the $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot sets a new record for the largest payout in a lottery game. According to a tweet that was published by the California lottery, the drawing that was supposed to take place at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time was pushed back by several hours because at least one of the forty-eight other states that were taking part in the lottery required additional time to process. There is currently no information available regarding the state in question. The officials of the Multi-State Lottery Commission, who are in charge of supervising the Powerball drawing, have not provided any kind of statement regarding this matter as of yet.