Powerball Has a Winner for Its Jackpot of Over $1 Billion

A winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot, worth an estimated $1.08 billion, has been announced in California. This monumental win is the sixth biggest in U.S. history and the third-largest for the Powerball game itself.

The lucky numbers from Wednesday night’s drawing included the white balls 7, 10, 11, 13, 24 and the red Powerball 24. The California Lottery announced on Twitter that the triumphant ticket was purchased in Los Angeles at the Las Palmitas Mini Market.

Final sales of tickets boosted the jackpot from the original estimate of $1 billion to $1.08 billion at the drawing’s time, making it the sixth-largest U.S lottery jackpot ever claimed.

The fortunate winner has the choice of accepting the total jackpot in annual installments or opting for a one-time lump sum payment of $558.1 million before taxes.

The Powerball game, structured with overwhelming odds of 1 in 292.2 million, is designed to amass large prizes that attract more participants. The record-setting Powerball jackpot to date reached $2.04 billion in November.

The last time a participant claimed the Powerball jackpot was on April 19, with a substantial prize of nearly $253 million. Since then, the grand prize had gone unclaimed.

Powerball is participated in across 45 states, along with Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.