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August 14, 2013

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August, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Los Angeles Man Wins Largest POWERBALL® Prize Ever in California


SACRAMENTO – A few weeks ago, Manuel Guzman was just one number away from snagging the gigantic $235 million POWERBALL jackpot. He didn’t win the jackpot, but his ticket did match five of six numbers and was worth a whopping $3,095,357! That prize amount earned Guzman the proud title of “the largest-ever POWERBALL prize winner in California.” His lucky ticket matched the numbers 8, 24, 59, 39 and 49, missing only the Powerball number 5. Guzman used his own set of lucky numbers he has been using for years. He told us that he had been using the same set of numbers for years with MEGA Millions®, and when the California Lottery introduced POWERBALL in April, he started using those same numbers to play POWERBALL. His persistence finally paid off in a big way.

Guzman told us that when he realized how much he had won, he did a fist pump and yelled “I did it!” The proud father and grandfather said that he is going to use the money to help out his big family. The ticket was purchased at Trimana Express, which is located at 633 West 5th Street in Los Angeles.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their tickets, keep tickets in a safe place and visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

POWERBALL is a multistate game played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s POWERBALL site for more information on how to play. 

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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