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October 24, 2013

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October, 2013 | Media Advisories and Events

California Makes History with First Powerball® Jackpot


Winning Ticket Sold in Fresno Worth $213 Million!

SACRAMENTO – Talk about the ultimate trick-or-treat! With Halloween just around the corner, it’s only fitting we give away a scary, even hair-raising amount of money. And trust us – we have been holding our collective breath for months to finally be able to announce this big news!

Somebody who purchased a Powerball ticket in Fresno could be in a wicked good mood right about now, if they’re aware they are suddenly a staggering $213.4 million richer after winning last night’s Powerball jackpot! That’s right – they got all six numbers correct! It’s the first time the winning ticket has been sold in California since the state began participating in Powerball on April 8, 2013.

Here are the historic winning numbers: 3-23-31-34-47 and Powerball number 13. If the winner (who has not come forward as of yet) decides to take the lump sum, the amount is an estimated $123.3 million.

Here’s more good news – even though Powerball is played in 42 other states (plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) – not one single player anywhere else in the country also correctly picked all six numbers. Therefore, California’s newest millionaire will not have to split the jackpot with another winner! We’re talking $213,400,000 all for him or her. That’s a lot of zeroes!

“We have been sitting on the edge of our seats anticipating the day the Golden State would make Powerball history, and the moment hasn’t disappointed us!” California Lottery Acting Director Paula LaBrie said. “It’s exactly these kinds of life-changing jackpots that our players crave, which is one of the main reasons we decided to join Powerball this past spring.”

Now the fun begins. Who is the winner?! We do know the winning ticket was purchased at Fast N Easy, which is located at 6451 E. Shields Avenue in Fresno. As a reward for selling the historic ticket, which is now worth a fortune, this lucky retailer will be receiving a $1 million bonus!

Needless to say, the winning ticket is one valuable slip of paper. The California Lottery strongly urges the winner to sign the back of their ticket, obviously keep it in a safe place and contact Lottery officials, or visit their local Lottery District Office (750 West Pinedale Ave., Fresno) as soon as possible. Players have one year from the date of the draw to claim the jackpot.

•Last night’s $213.4 million win is the third largest jackpot in California history. On November 15, 2005, a $315 million Mega Millions® ticket was sold in Anaheim (Orange County). On May 4, 2010, a $266 million Mega Millions ticket was sold in Pico Rivera (Los Angeles County).

•While last night’s $213.4 million jackpot is by far the largest Powerball prize won in the state, the previous largest Powerball prize won in California was $3,095,357 on July 31, 2013. Manuel Guzman purchased his winning ticket in Los Angeles and correctly matched five of six numbers.

The California Lottery has sold more than $400 million in Powerball tickets since the state began offering the game more than six months ago. Powerball is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools. The California Lottery contributed more than $1 billion to California public schools in 2012-2013, the 13th year in a row the Lottery has exceeded the $1 billion mark.

Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175 million. Jackpots start at $40 million and roll by a minimum of $10 million with each draw. 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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