A single ticket sold in California won Wednesday night’s gargantuan $1.765 billion Powerball jackpot, lottery officials say.
Late ticket sales sent the jackpot past its estimated $1.73 billion.
The jackpot was the second-biggest in Powerball and U.S. lottery history, behind the world record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot won in California on Nov. 7, 2022.
The winning numbers were white balls 22, 24, 40, 52, 64 and red Powerball 10.
The ticket was purchased at Midway Market & Liquor in Frazier Park, Calif., some 75 miles north of Los Angeles, Powerball officials reported.
The holder or holders of the winning ticket will have a choice of a lump sum payment of $774.1 million before taxes or an annuity with an immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments.
There hadn’t been any Powerball grand prize winners since a single ticket sold in Los Angelesa $1.08 billion pot of gold on July 19. Wednesday night’s drawing was the 36th since then, lottery officials said.
This marked the first time in Powerball history that three back-to-back jackpots reached the billion-dollar mark, according to Powerball officials.
The biggest jackpot in both Powerball and U.S. lottery history was, which was won in November 2022 by a man who was also in the Los Angeles area.
The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.
Powerball tickets are $2 each. They’re sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings take place Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m. EDT.
Billion-dollar lottery jackpots have becomeThe Washington Post, Powerball lowered the odds of winning in 2015 from 1 in 175.2 million to where it currently stands, at 1 in 292.2 million.in recent years as both Powerball and Mega Millions have and lowered the odds of winning the jackpot. According to
— additional reporting by Brian Dakss