Nearly $700M Powerball jackpot ticket sold in California

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Nearly $700M Powerball jackpot ticket sold in California

A single ticket sold in California won a massive Powerball prize of nearly $700 million — the seventh-largest in US lottery history.

“California, we have a winner!” the California Lottery tweeted early Tuesday.

“Congratulations to our lucky player from Morro Bay who matched 6/6 numbers and won the $699.8 Million #Powerball jackpot,” the message continued of Monday night’s draw.

The winning numbers were white balls 12, 22, 54, 66, and 69. The Powerball number was 15.

The winner can choose between getting it as an annuity paid over 29 years or $496 million cash. Both options are subject to taxes.

Although the winner had not been identified as of early Tuesday, the ticket was sold at an Albertsons grocery store in Morro Bay, a coastal city with a population of a little more than 10,000 that is famed for its ancient volcanic mound in the sea.

The $700M jackpot was the 5th largest in Powerball history and 7th largest jackpot in US lottery history.
The $700M jackpot was the 5th largest in Powerball history and 7th largest jackpot in US lottery history.Storms Media Group/Alamy Live News

The jackpot climbed to $699.8 million after a record run of 40 drawings without a big winner, the lottery said. It was last won on June 5, when a $285.6 million prize-winning ticket was sold in Florida.

Monday’s jackpot ranks as the 5th largest in Powerball history and the 7th largest jackpot in US lottery history.

The winner of the 7th largest Powerball lottery was announced On October 5, 2021 in Morro Bay, California.
The winner of the 7th largest Powerball lottery was announced On October 5, 2021 in Morro Bay, California.
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The biggest ever top prize was $1.586 billion in the Powerball on Jan. 13, 2016, which was shared between three tickets bought in California, Florida and Tennessee.

The biggest single-ticket winner was the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot won in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018.

Late last month, a Mega Millions lottery ticket bought in a Manhattan pizza joint won $432 million, the biggest in Big Apple history. The winner has yet to be identified.

The California jackpot ticket was not the only winner Monday night. Five others got $1 million — two in Massachusetts and one each in Virginia, Florida and Arizona — while a Tennessee ticket won $2 million for also having the Power Play feature.

In total, more than 2.2 million tickets won prizes of $4 or more.

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