Record-Breaking $699.8 Million Powerball Jackpot Was Won By a California Resident

A ticket purchased in California matched all six numbers drawn Monday night to win the $699.8 million Powerball jackpot. The prize is the fifth-highest in Powerball history and the seventh-largest in US lottery history, according to a statement released by Powerball early Tuesday morning.

“Due to final ticket sales, the jackpot grew to a stunning $699.8 million at the time of the drawing, with a cash option of $496 million,” they added. “White balls 12, 22, 54, 66, and 69 were the winning numbers in the Monday, Oct. 4 drawing. 15 was the Powerball number.”

The winning ticket was purchased at an Albertson’s grocery shop in Morro Bay, near San Luis Obispo, by a person whose name was not revealed.

According to authorities, the jackpot was last struck on June 5, and there have been 40 consecutive draws without a Grand Prize winner since then, a new record for the Powerball jackpot.

In 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, the lottery is accessible.

It changed from two weekly draws on Wednesdays and Saturdays to three weekly drawings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays in August.

Since the game’s third weekly drawing began on Aug. 23, this was the first Powerball jackpot won on a Monday night.

“The fortunate ticket winner will be able to choose between a $699.8 million annuity paid out in 30 graded installments over 29 years or a $496 million lump-sum payout. Prior to taxes, both prize possibilities are available “According to Powerball. “Players should verify their tickets for one of the nine ways to win, according to participating lotteries. More than 2.2 million tickets were sold for Monday’s drawing, with rewards ranging from $4 to $2 million.”

On Monday, five tickets won a $1 million jackpot after matching all five white balls but missing the red Powerball. The winning tickets for the $1 million prize were sold in Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Because it contained the Power Play option for an extra $1, a ticket sold in Tennessee matched all five white balls, doubling the jackpot to $2 million, according to the firm.

Monday’s Powerball drawing was the 41st in the jackpot run, setting a new record for the longest period without a Grand Prize winner.

Several Powerball players have won lesser cash prizes despite the fact that there hasn’t been a jackpot winner in months.

“Over 2.8 million tickets won prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million in Saturday’s drawing alone,” Powerball officials noted in a press release.

In 2016, the highest Powerball jackpot reward was $1.586 billion, which was split among winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee, according to authorities.

According to Powerball authorities, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

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