Ticket sold in California wins US$448 million in US Powerball lottery jackpot

Russ Lopez of the California State Lottery announces the 7th largest Powerball win ever at US$448.7 million (S$620.5 million). The winning ticket was purchased in Sun City, California.
One ticket, sold in California, matched all the numbers for the Powerball grand prize.
One ticket, sold in California, matched all the numbers for the Powerball grand prize. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - One ticket sold in California matched all the winning numbers drawn on Saturday (June 10) for the Powerball jackpot that soared to an estimated US$448.7 million on a surge of last-minute buying, lottery officials said.

The numbers revealed just after 11 pm were 32, 26, 20, 38 and 58, with a Powerball 3.

Lottery officials said one ticket, purchased in Sun City, California, matched all the numbers for the grand prize.

The lump sum payout for the winning ticket would be US$279.1 million.

The grand prize in the multi-state US lottery soared to its highest in months after 19 straight drawings failed to produce a winner.

The last Powerball drawing to produce a jackpot winner was on April 1, said California Lottery spokesman Mike Bond. California is one of 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, that participate in Powerball.

Saturday's estimated US$447.8-million jackpot, the seventh largest in Powerball history, beat out the US$435.3 million won by a ticket buyer in Indiana in a Feb 22 drawing, after a late surge in ticket buying.

That anonymous winner, described by his spokeswoman as a US manufacturing plant worker who graduated from Purdue University, chose the lump-sum cash option of $263.5 million when he came forward in March.

The odds of winning Saturday's grand prize are roughly 1 in 292 million.

Powerball's jackpot hit a record US$1.6 billion in January 2016, when three winning tickets were sold in Florida, California and Tennessee.