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A single lucky ticket sold in California wins the Powerball jackpot of $699.8 million

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A lucky man or woman is over $700 million richer after purchasing a Powerball ticket in California and winning the jackpot, making them one of the largest lottery winners of all time.

After more than four months of the reward going unclaimed, the fatal ticket was sold to an unknown buyer at an Albertsons grocery shop in Morro Bay, a small, gorgeous coastal town near San Luis Obispo.

The jackpot surged to a startling $699.8 million in the days leading up to the critical purchase, making it the fifth-largest payout in Powerball history and the seventh-largest US lottery victory of all time.

The identity of the holder of the winning ticket will not be known to lottery authorities until a claim form is filed, according to the California Lottery.

The winner will have the option of receiving an annuity, which will be paid in instalments over the period of 29 years, or cash, in which case their prize will be cut by about 30%, to $496 million.

Taxes apply to both prize options.

The game’s grand prize had risen to astronomical proportions since June, as no participants were able to select a winning combination of numbers, implying that the total would continue to grow until a winner was found.

However, after 40 drawings with no winner, a single ticket sold at a small-town store along California’s Central Coastal region managed to match ALL six numbers, including the all-important Powerball, winning them approximately $700 million.

Morro Bay Albertsons will receive a maximum incentive of $1 million for selling the tragic ticket.

The winning numbers were 12, 22, 54, 66, and 69 on Monday night. The Powerball number was 15, which yielded the game’s top prize.

Since June 5, no one had earned the grand prize.

Powerball holds the world record for the highest reward ever awarded in US lottery history, as a jackpot reached the $1 billion mark for the first time in January 2016.

The announced jackpot was $1.586 billion.

The record-breaking prize pool was divided among three winning tickets from California, Florida, and Tennessee.

However, the largest Powerball winner in history was won just two years ago in Wisconsin by then-24-year-old Manuel Franco.

After playing regularly since he was 18, Manuel – one of the youngest Powerball winners of all-time – managed to secure a stunning $768.4 million on March 27 of that year, without having to split the gargantuan sum with anyone else.

The jackpot was the second-largest in Powerball history.

Powerball’s third-largest jackpot, a $758.7 million sum won by a then-53-year-old Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in 2017, stood as the largest single win of a jackpot in history at the time, but has since been surpassed.

Mavis, on the other hand, chose to take the lump sum, reducing her earnings to a still respectable $480.5 million.

Monday’s winner in Morro Bay now earns the distinction of the winner of the fourth-largest Powerball jackpot since the game was conceived nearly 30 years ago, in 1992.

This win, the 41st drawing over the course of more than four months, set a record for the amount of draws before garnering of a grand prize, topping the previous mark of 36 drawings that eventually yielded a winner in January 2021.

As stated the longer the game goes without a grand prize winner, the larger the payout grows – a purposeful concept implemented by organizers, to draw in more players.

The odds of winning the game’s grand prize is an awe-inspiring 292.2 million to one.

However, a slew of people have win smaller prizes playing the particular lotto – including 2.8 million players in Saturday’s drawing alone.

Those winnings ranged from $1 million to $4.

Powerball is played in 45 states plus Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Plane carrying 21 people crashes in a field near Houston Executive Airport, injuring at least one person, authorities say

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BROOKSHIRE, Texas — Authorities say a plane carrying 21 people crashed in a field near a Brookshire airport on Tuesday, injuring one person.

While attempting to depart from Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire near Katy, the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 slid through a fence and caught fire in a field, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

All 21 individuals on board, including 18 passengers and three crew members, were successfully evacuated. One individual was injured, according to officials.

The inquiry into the crash will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board. The FAA will cooperate with the probe.

The plane appears to be owned by a company in Spring. The manufacturing certificate for the plane was issued in 2015. The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 plane has a 172-seat capacity and a twin-engine jet.

Judge Trey Duhon of Waller County believes the plane was chartered for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in Boston. The Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox will face off at Fenway Park later today.

A total of 1,806 houses in the vicinity lost electricity as a result of the crash. As of noon, CenterPoint Energy utility employees had restored power to all but 17 customers. Repair crews are still on the job.

This is a developing story.  Keep an eye out for new information.

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A 15-year-old girl was killed in a road rage shooting

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A 15-year-old girl was killed in a road rage shooting in Oakland, California, the latest victim of the city’s continuous gun violence.

The youngster was travelling with her uncle in Oakland on Wednesday night when her uncle and someone in another car “began to have dialogue,” which led to bickering between the cars, according to Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong at a news conference.

The “innocent 15-year-old” was shot many times by someone in the other car, according to Armstrong.

According to authorities, no arrests have been made.

Shamara Young, the teen, was identified by authorities.

“She loved her family a lot. She loved her little brothers. And she was very protective of them,” Young’s mother told reporters.

“She was an awesome daughter,” she said. “She’d always give hugs and kisses and smother me with attention.”

Oakland has seen 109 killings this year, according to the chief, who spoke at a news conference on Thursday.

“How many times do we have to cry out for help? How many times do we have to say to you that we are in a moment of crisis?” he said. “Our children are in danger.”

Overcome with emotion, the chief said, “The police department has not done enough. The community has not done enough. The leaders of this city have not done enough. Today everybody in this city should be hurt.”

After a long pause, Armstrong continued: “When you have children, you understand. You understand when your kids leave home you expect them to return safe. … Let this be a calling to all of us that we have to do something.”

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The Michigan Senate passes contentious voting bills along party lines, and Whitmer vows to veto them

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The Michigan Senate passes contentious voting bills along party lines, and Whitmer vows to veto them.

Two contentious voting bills were approved by the Michigan Senate on Thursday, one of which would create free state ID cards in response to Republicans’ push to increase voter ID requirements, and the other of which would require more proof of voting.

Following a floor battle on Thursday, SB 304 and HB 5007 passed in the GOP-led Senate, bringing Republicans one step closer to making voting in Michigan more secure.

“I’m excited that the bills did pass. And I understand they became quite partisan and a little bit controversial but I do believe it’s important we look at all the polls that have been out there and everything,” state Sen. Curt VancerWall, R-Frankenmuth, said. “People do believe that our elections need to be tightened up. And these are good bills and they are gonna be a great opportunity for people to put some trust back in the election process.”

One of the bills that passed on Thursday was sponsored by VancerWall.

The bills were passed just one day after another contentious election bill was passed. SB 303, which was also approved along party lines, would prohibit election officials from sending unsolicited absentee ballots and would require in-person voters to show their IDs at polling places.

The bill is part of a larger package of bills introduced by Republicans in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, both in Michigan and nationally. Democrats and voting rights advocates argue that the bills will make it more difficult for Michiganders to vote.

More than 250 audits of the 2020 presidential election in Michigan have been conducted by Republican, Democratic, and non-partisan clerks and election officials. All audits concluded that there was no widespread election fraud.

Senators from both parties expressed their displeasure with the other party in floor speeches on Thursday, with some Democratic lawmakers saying they didn’t want to waste valuable legislative time on the bills.

“In Michigan, we have some communities people can vote in 10 minutes, and then other communities they have to wait an hour or two or sometimes four or five hours to vote,” state Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, said. “Those are the kinds of problems we should be trying to solve up here instead of passing bills like we did today which just make it harder for people to vote.”

The bills passed by the Senate are unlikely to survive long enough to become law.

“I’m telling you right now: those bills come to my desk, they will get vetoed,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday.

Last weekend, the governor vetoed several other Republican voting restriction bills.

“This is not a game and I am not here to play games,” Whitmer said. “Our elections work. You don’t like the outcome? Well, then you run in the next election and try to win and earn people’s votes, not cut out a segment of people that cast their votes as Americans and with a right to do that.”

When asked why Republicans were still pushing bills through that they knew would be vetoed by the governor, VanderWall said he believes the public wants lawmakers to fight for them.

VanderWall also expressed hope that Whitmer would reconsider her vetoes.

“If she doesn’t, we’ll listen to the public and we’ll make some decisions from that process on or that point on,” he said. “But you know I do believe that, I know my constituents have reached out and said ‘We have concerns’ and I’m carrying their voice here in Lansing. And we’ll continue to work, make sure they have trust in the election process.”

Michigan Republicans have launched a ballot drive that, if successful, would change Michigan’s voting system to require photo identification. If the ballot drive collects 340,000 signatures in six months, it will be placed on the ballot and will avoid Whitmer’s veto pen.

Both bills will be voted on again in the Michigan House.

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