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Powerball Arrives in CaliforniaSACRAMENTO-

Nineteen nonprofit workers will split $723,452 in Powerball winnings, the California Lottery announced Monday.

Fernando Loyola buys tickets for the group every time the Powerball jackpot gets big, according to the Lottery. He and his 18 peers work for three different nonprofits: Sierra Health Foundation, Community Charities of California and Sacramento Covered.

Each nonprofit is next door to each other.

When discussing what each person would do with their winnings, California Lottery says answered varied from paying off bills to buying a new car to remodeling their home.

The winning ticket was bought at the A-1 Mart on El Camino Boulevard. That same store sold a Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 in 2012.

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A ticket sold in Northern California was the sole winner of Wednesday night’s $425+ million nationwide Powerball jackpot.

The ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas. The store receives a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The person who bought the winning ticket in Milpitas has not come forward at this time.

Two other tickets in California matched five of the six numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing. One ticket was sold in Los Angeles County, the other in Modesto.

READ: Powerball Swells to $400M+, Sacramento has 2 Recent Winners

The ticket in Modesto was purchased at the Stop Save Liquor #2 along Coffee Road. The holder of that ticket walks away with a prize of more than $1.4 million.

The next Powerball drawing is Saturday night, the jackpot is now back down to $40 million.

Sacramento Powerball Winners Have Yet to Come Forward

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A winning Powerball ticket worth $425 million was sold Wednesday night in the Bay Area, California Lottery officials said.

The ticket was purchased at the Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas.

That wasn’t the only winning ticket in California. Two others, matching five out of six numbers, were sold in Modesto and El Segundo.

Modesto’s winning ticket came from  the Stop Save Liquor on Coffee Road. That ticket is said to be worth $1.5 million.

The winning numbers were 1, 17, 35, 49 and 54, with the Powerball number 34.

Lottery officials told FOX40 that California had the only winning Powerball jackpot ticket.

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No tickets sold in California matched all six numbers in the Thursday’s Powerball drawing. But two tickets in our area were sold with five out of six matching numbers, making those tickets worth $289,341 each!

The lucky winners have not yet claimed their prize. Winning tickets were sold at the ampm at 3501 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento CA and the Camino Food Center at 4124 Carson Road, Camino CA

Prizes can be claimed at the Califormnia Lottery office at 700 N. 10th Street in Sacramento.

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(CNN) — Somewhere out there, a lucky person — or two — may be walking around with a ticket to easy street in his or her pocket, purse or sock drawer.

The Powerball numbers are out. Time to check and see if you made the lucky pick that will change your life forever. That would be:

58, 5, 25, 59, 30 … and Powerball number 32.

If you bought a ticket, your chances of cracking Wednesday night’s $448 million Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175 million.

But who cares about odds, when you’ve actually won almost the equivalent of the net worth of Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods? (According to Forbes Magazine.)

The size of U.S. lottery jackpots are growing, with almost no end in sight.

“You could see maybe in the next several years … an elusive billion-dollar jackpot,” said Victor Matheson, economics professor at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

If no one has the winning combo, the prize will be an estimated $600 million for Saturday’s drawing, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.

Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2.

The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split among three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. In case you do win it all Wednesday night, a $245 million lump sum can give you some choices.

How about nearly 100 high-speed Bugatti Veyrons? You can run away from all those relatives and friends asking for a loan.

 

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(CNN) — Somewhere, someone is kicking themselves for being nice to a little old lady.

Gloria Mackenzie, 84, came forward to claim the second-largest U.S. lottery jackpot, more than two weeks after the $590.5 million Powerball drawing on May 18, Florida Lottery officials announced Wednesday. She passed up a payout spread over 30 years for a somewhat smaller one-time lump sum, pocketing $370.9 million before taxes, Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell.

Mackenzie bought her winning ticket at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, north of Tampa. She did not appear at Wednesday’s announcement, but in a statement O’Connell read to reporters, she said it was the fifth ticket she’d purchased for that drawing.

“While in line at Publix, another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning quick-pick ticket,” Mackenzie said.

“We are grateful for this blessing of winning the Florida Lottery Powerball jackpot and appreciate the interest of the public, the state of Florida and the lottery. We hope that everyone will give us the opportunity to maintain our privacy for our family’s benefit.”

The amount of the prize ballooned to $590 million as the drawing approached, with Florida lottery officials selling about $45,000 worth of tickets an hour at the peak. That total was surpassed only by a $656 million Mega Millions drawing in March 2012, split among winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Mackenzie was accompanied by her son, a “trusted family friend and her legal and financial advisers” when she came in to the lottery’s Tallahassee headquarters to get her winning ticket validated, O’Connell said. She said Mackenzie waited “to make sure they were ready to handle the types of responsibility that come with that kind of a jackpot win.”

 

By Matt Smith. CNN’s Joe Sutton and John Couwels contributed to this report.

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(CNN) — The million-dollar questions have been answered. What are the Powerball numbers, and have any winning tickets been sold?

Lottery officials released the winning numbers for the largest multistate Powerball jackpot: 22, 10,13,14, 52 and the Powerball number is 11.

One winning ticket was sold in Zephyrhills, Florida, according to David Bishop, deputy secretary of Florida lottery.

Saturday’s jackpot is a record $590.5 million. It marks the largest in Powerball history, surpassing a $587.6 million jackpot split by winners in Arizona and Missouri in November.

The jackpot has a cash value of $376.9 million.

The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split by three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

If there had been no winner in Saturday’s Powerball, the jackpot would have shot up to $925 million for Wednesday’s drawing, according to Kelly Cripe, spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery, which is part of the multistate lotteries.

The Powerball game is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.

Hate to break it to you, but you stand a better chance of walking onto the golf course and hitting two consecutive holes in one than winning the jackpot.

But that didn’t stop hundreds from driving to the Trex Mart in Dearborn, Missouri, store where one of two winning tickets sold in last year’s $587 million Powerball drawing.

About 100 people an hour were buying tickets at the store.

At a convenience store in Riverside, Missouri, Jim Mansell said he was only buying one ticket.

“I figure if the good Lord intends you to win, you only need one ticket,” he told CNN affiliate KCTV5. “But I don’t know if the good Lord believes in gambling or not.”

 

By AnneClaire Stapleton. CNN’s Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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(CNN) — Two dollars and a dream.

That’s all it took for Mammie Hicks to plunk down money at a Riverside, Missouri, convenience store for a chance at Saturday’s record $600 million multistate Powerball jackpot.

“People are more important than money. I’d just give it away … to help people,” she told CNN affiliate KCTV5 of Kansas City.

The jackpot, with a cash value of $376.9 million, marks the largest in Powerball history, surpassing a $587.6 million jackpot split by winners in Arizona and Missouri in November.

The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split by three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

That mark will be dwarfed if no one wins the Powerball jackpot Saturday. With now winner, the jackpot will be about $925 million for Wednesday’s drawing, according to Kelly Cripe, spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery, which is part of the multi-state lotteries.

The Powerball game is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.

But before you start dreaming of that mansion in Barbados, allow us to pour an icy bucket of mathematical reality over your head: You almost certainly aren’t going to win.

You stand a better chance of walking onto the golf course and hitting two consecutive holes in one than winning that jackpot.

But that didn’t stop hundreds from driving to the Trex Mart in Dearborn, Missouri, store where one of two winning tickets sold in last year’s $587 million Powerball drawing.

About 100 people an hour were buying tickets at the store, one of the clerk’s told CNN by telephone.

Back at the convenience store in Riverside, Jim Mansell said he was only buying one ticket.

“I figure if the good Lord intends you to win, you only need one ticket,” he told KCTV. “But I don’t know if the good Lord believes in gambling or not.”

CNN’s Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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Okay, so you’ve got your ticket for California’s first ever drawing Wednesday night. That means you’re possibly holding a piece of your future – new car, maybe a new house.

Without doubt, you’re holding a piece of the future of every single public schoolchild in the state.

For fiscal year 2011-2012, state lottery revenues were $4.3 billion. The portion of that went to help fund California’s public schools? $1.3 billion.

A portion of the new monies brought in from the golden state’s newest game will go straight to the same place — quarterly.

Lottery dollars make up about 1% of state’s K-12 funding.  Districts see those dollars based on their “ADA,” or average daily attendance.

Last school year, that meant districts got about $34.12 per child every quarter.

Some of that cash is unrestricted and can be spent on anything — like salaries.

The other portion sent to schools is labeled “restricted” and must be spent directly on students.

California’s first Powerball drawing will be presented to the state in a live event at 8 p.m. Wednesday at lottery headquarters.

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